The fiasco is over. It's finally over. Ilya Kovalchuk is finally a New Jersey Devil. It only took a few months of disagreements and threats to finally get it done.
According to TSN, a deal has been reached between the NHL and the NHLPA. Both parties are working hard so that the paperwork will be filed in time for the 5 PM deadline. Kovalchuk will be making $100 million over 15 years. Both Kovalchuk and the Devils got the contract they wanted. All the Devils have to do now is unload a contract and they are ready for the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Who will go?
The Devils are a few million over the cap. Salvador, Rolston, Elias, Zajac, and Langenbrunner are names that have been thrown around in recent rumors. I suspect either Salvador or Rolston will be traded or demoted to the minors before the start of the season. That's the best move the Devils could make without trading away assets.
Expect GM Lou Lamoriello to make at least one deal soon. Think about it this way: minus Salvador/Rolston for Ilya Kovalchuk? I'd do that any day of the week. Heck, even Glen Sather would.