How Will New Jersey Devils Fill Scoring Void Left by Ilya Kovalchuk?

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How Will New Jersey Devils Fill Scoring Void Left by Ilya Kovalchuk?
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Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, who was thought to be the New Jersey Devils' cornerstone after signing a 15-year, $100 million contract, decided to abandon the team to return to Russia. While the news was indeed shocking, Kovalchuk had been pondering the decision since the end of last season's lockout.

The three-time All-Star forward posted 201 points in 222 games in just over three seasons with New Jersey. He was arguably the most skilled player the franchise had ever seen and suddenly leaves the team feeling empty in the scoring department.

Emotions aside, the Devils must now look forward and address the burning question: How will they fill the void left by Ilya Kovalchuk?

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