With all the rumors pointed to the Los Angeles Kings, the New Jersey Devils have emerged as the winner in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.
The Devils announced that Kovalchuk has agreed to sign a long-term deal that will keep him in New Jersey. While terms and monies are yet to be announced, Kovalchuk is expected to sign a deal that will pay him between eight and nine million per season.
Clearly the Kovalchuk signing, which is expected to be officially announced Tuesday via press conference, has every team in the East sweating right now.
While no guarantee to make the Stanley Cup Finals, the addition of Kovalchuk makes the New Jersey Devils one of the favorites to win it all in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons Kovalchuk makes the Devils one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference and in the race for Lord Stanley’s mug.