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Ilya Kovalchuk Re-Signing With Devils Means They Want To Win NOW

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 22:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center at on April 22, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Mike StainkampContributor IJuly 19, 2010

The New Jersey Devils were able to re-sign forward Ilya Kovalchuk today for 17 years, $102 million, keeping him when it looked like he would move to the LA Kings. This can only mean one thing Devils fans: Lou Lamoriello wants to win. And he wants to win now.

Everyone knows the great Martin Brodeur can't play forever, and the Devils have been able to compete over the past few years but haven't been able to get over that hump and win the Cup. NHL experts say that Brodeur has two, maybe three years left in him—that is, of course, if he doesn't get hurt.

The Devils are a very talented team and they were able to make some moves this summer to bring in talent that made Kovalchuk feel more at home. And with a goaltender like Brodeur, they are always a threat in the Eastern Conference. Kovalchuk knows all about the Devils winning history, and he wants to be apart of that.

"He signed here for a reason—to try to win a championship," Devils coach John MacLean told NHL.com "This organization has a good history of that, so you know he wants to be part of the team. That's what I'm excited about."

He had 27 points in 27 games with the Devils after his arrival to give him 41 goals and 85 points for the season. The Devils are excited to see what he can do in a full season with a team that feels it still has a legitimate chance at a title this coming season.

And why wouldn't they be? With the fire power of Kovalchuk and the goaltending of Brodeur, this team will challenge the Caps and Pens for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

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