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04-03-2010, 10:38 PM
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I obviously can't say for sure that Kovalchuk will re-sign in Jersey, but I do know that when Lou wants to keep a player, he usually succeeds. The Devils have let a lot of quality free agents go in recent years. However, with the exception of Scott Niedermayer (and maybe Rafalski), not one of them actually got an offer. Lou just decided to part ways and that was that. I really feel like he plans on keeping Kovy, so he certainly won't be sitting on his hands between the end of the season and July 1.

BTW, I've been watching more Thrashers games than usual since the trade. They play really well at times, but I just feel like they lack experience. They need some strong veteran presence. Having guys like Chelios and Kozlov helps, but I still think they could use more balance. As a Devils fan, I know having guys like Nieuwendyk, Lemieux, Stevens, etc helped a lot of our younger players develop. Coaches like Robinson, Carpenter, Fetisov, Lemaire, Laperriere and Burns didn't hurt either. I'd really like to see the Thrashers go out and acquire guys who are experienced and can show kids like Kane and Bogosian the ropes.

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