Reports indicate that Ilya Kovalchuk has been traded to the New Jersey Devils. We cannot confirm this is 100% done, but FSN has reported that the deal is done. We are still waiting to hear the full details, including how much New Jersey had to ship over to Atlanta in order to get the big Russian sniper.
Thrashers GM Don Waddell issued a statement Thursday releasing information that the franchise left winger had turned down more than $101 million over 12 years to stay in Atlanta.
So far this season the sniper has 31 goals and 27 assists for 58 points in 49 games played. Kovalchuk, who has been with Atlanta his whole career, has two 50 goal seasons, with his latest in the 07-08 season. Last season Ilya had 91 points in 79 games, totaling for his second highest amount of points in one season.
New Jersey sits a top the Atlantic division, and second in the Eastern Conference with 72 points overall. With Martin Brodeur getting older the Devils needed a big move like this to make a push for the Stanley Cup. Adding a big time forward in Ilya Kovalchuk has definitely increased their Stanley Cup odds for the season, but most likely hurt their future (we will have to see how much they gave up for Kovalchuk).
Before the trade has been rumored the New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup odds sat anywhere from +600 to +1000 at the different online sportsbooks. Look for these Stanley Cup odds on the Devils to get dropped under the +600 at most books. With one of the best forwards in the league, and no doubt the best goaltender, the Devils will have a great chance at a deep playoff run.
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