Kovalchuk Traded to Devils

At long last, the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is over.

Kovalchuk was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, the elbowing prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick.

The deal gives the Devils an unproven playoff talent (and a rather good sniper) and finally ends Don Waddell’s attempts at signing his player in Atlanta. Waddell offered Kovy a 12-year extension worth $101 million, reportedly, but his player turned it down.

Kovalchuk is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and there’s a whole lot of speculation as to where he’ll end up. Many are suspecting that he’ll bolt to the KHL for a rather large chunk of change. There’s no word yet as to whether or not New Jersey is hoping he’ll re-sign at season’s end to a significant long-term deal or if they’re just planning on having him aboard as a rental.

How Kovalchuk will fit with New Jersey’s system is probably the biggest question mark of all. He’s not particularly known for being a defensive player, so it’ll be interesting to see how he meshes with the Devils. New Jersey is Martin Brodeur’s team, after all, and one has to wonder how the Devils will handle juggling two big name superstars.

We’ll have more analysis on this trade at a later time.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.

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3 thoughts on “Kovalchuk Traded to Devils

  1. This deal makes no sense to me. Kovalchuk turned down 101 million over 12 years and now will play for the Devils who are known for not parting with money. On top of that the Devils play a defensive style that I don’t see as a match for Kovalchuk. I believe this is for this season and he will either bolt to the KHL or somewhere else unless all of a sudden the Devils are willing to pay.

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  2. Yep, I’m pretty sure the Devils are just going to wind up using him as a rental. I don’t see this as going down very well for New Jersey, either, and I don’t think he’ll mesh well in the playoffs. He’s an unproven performer in the post-season and I think Jersey just shot themselves in the foot here for no good reason. On top of it, they gave up a few perfectly good players.

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  3. This deal has me thinking a few things
    First of all I like it, I think the Devils made a good move here.
    It is pretty clear Atlanta has not been a place to play for many people
    In his eyes Kovy has been there long enough, his contract is up and if he wants to move on there is no price tag that get him to stay.
    Considering the amount of money these guys make or have already made I wonder what really matters, I think it’s is if they can win the Stanley Cup or not.
    New Jersey has been competing all year and has a good chance of winning once again.
    Many teams mentioned including The LA Kings are not quite there as of yet.
    Jersey probably needed more of a offensive spark then what they had if they were to stop the wrath of the deadly Capitals or of course the defending champs The Penguins.
    Clearly those two teams would be the to teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs, considering their current records. and of course the Ovenchicken, and Crosby factors.

    I agree Jordan, Kovy is an unproven playoff performer.
    However he has only 4 games played in the playoffs where he did get 2 points
    Considering his skill level, I don’t think he will disappear come April.
    Ouch Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk that is pretty deadly.
    Even if Kovy is a rental, so be it
    I think Bergafors has great potential, and Oduya was OK, and the elbow man Cormier he may never play in the NHL, if he does play.
    I don’t think most teams would find the distraction worth it. ( kind of like Steve Downie ) It took him a while to become a regular player
    Who knows?
    Right now the Devils are a serious threat and would like nothing more than a redemption from the 1st round debacle at the hands of the Hurricanes.
    And win there 4th Stanley cup, Sometimes you take chance, I really don’t think they risked too much
    Time will tell.

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