All Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk has re-signed with the New Jersey Devils. The drama is finally over where the winger was to sign in free agency, a much appreciated finally.
Kovalchuk and New Jersey have agreed to a 17-year, $102 million dollar deal. Kovalchuk is currently 27, putting him in the black and red until he is 44 years old. The deals get more creative every year that is for certain.
Kovalchuk posted 27 points with the team last year in 27 games after his trade from the Atlanta Thrashers. With the two clubs combined he totaled 41 goals and 44 assists.
The acquisition for the Devils will be a good one, as Kovalchuk is an elite scorer within the league. Still though, a lengthy contract is always difficult. Kovalchuk will definitely put points up on the board for the Devils, but the Devils are known for their solid defense and two way play, something Kovalchuk lacks and showed last season.