NHL Free Agency: 5 Free Agents Who Could Wind Up with the New Jersey Devils

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NHL Free Agency: 5 Free Agents Who Could Wind Up with the New Jersey Devils
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Ilya Kovalchuk is not someone a team can easily replace, but the Devils will have to just that now that the 30-year-old All-Star is heading to Russia.

Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world when he announced his retirement from the NHL last week, leaving 12 years and $77 million on the table to take his family home. Due to league rules, Kovalchuk will not be allowed to return to the NHL until he is 35.

The announcement of Kovalchuk's decision couldn't have come at a worse time, as the league's top free agents have signed with new teams and the NHL draft is now two weeks in the rear-view mirror.

Despite the market drying up quickly, there are still players out there that could help the Devils right away. Here are five guys to keep an eye on as the offseason continues on in July.

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