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Originally Posted by KingsCrown View Post
link.......?? dont they still need to resign Parise, Martin and other players??
I have a google alert setup for Ilya Kovalchuk and almost every story talks about how Lou wants to keep Ilya. Didn't everyone say that the Rangers couldn't sign any free agents last year and then signed Gaborik? Teams find ways to get the players that they want.

New Jersey's cap isn't that bad, no one over $6 million and no one signed past 2013. They could easily build around Parise and Kovalchuk. It's just not how most teams are built.

The New Jersey Devils are the only team with the ability to sign Ilya Kovalchuk before he hits the open market on July 1, as they still own his rights. They also have the ability to trade his rights to another team to give them the exclusive window of negotiation up until July 1, but I don't foresee that taking place.

There is little doubt to me that GM Lou Lamoriello wants to bring back Kovalchuk, but the question is, "What price would he be willing to pay, not only in terms of salary, but length of contract?"

Generally, only Lamoriello knows this answer.

He’s been linked to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers while Devils management has also expressed a desire to re-sign him.

It’s understandable why the Devils would like to keep Kovalchuk. He brought offensive star power to a team that has traditionally lacked a scoring superstar. Given their need to bolster attendance in their new arena, having Kovalchuk in the lineup could boost ticket sales.
Before he was traded to the Devils, rumors were rampant that the Los Angeles Kings were seriously interested in acquiring Kovy. With the Kings dynamic, successful young core, and money to spend (plus Alexander Frolov’s contract expiring), they seem to be the primary suitor for the sniper. Aside from them and the Devils, no team has been linked with interest to Kovalchuk to this point, and but he is likely to get around $8 million a season - $2 million a year less than what he turned down from Atlanta.

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