Report: New Jersey Devils expected to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to seven-year, $60M deal

The New York Post reports that the New Jersey Devils are expected to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to a seven-year, $60 million deal. If that is indeed the deal, Kovalchuk would generate an annual cap hit of a little more than $8.57 million per season. lists the Devils’ pre-salary cap space at about $4.75 million, so obviously moves will need to be made for New Jersey to get under the cap by the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

Expect more updates on the story once details trickle in. As of this moment, the contract news hasn’t been made official just yet.

Update: Already trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is the Devils cap situation? Larry Brooks (also of the New York Post) provides some good points.

Patrik Elias has a no move. Expect Salvador to be waived at camp. Perhaps Zubrus can be dealt. Maybe Langenbrunner goes in deal.

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    WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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    Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

    Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

    While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


    After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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    Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

    It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

    “I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

    Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

    Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

    Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

    “He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”