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Asbury Park Press is reporting Kovy is finally "officially" a Devil

Ilya Kovalchuk finally, officially a Devil

NEWARK — The NHL has signed off on Ilya Kovalchuk's latest contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Five weeks after rejecting the Russian's landmark 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils, the league approved a revised 15-year, $100 million deal on Friday after reaching an agreement with the NHL Players Association on an amendment covering long-term contracts.

Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's agent, confirmed the agreement in an e-mail to The Associated Press. It was first reported by TSN.

The NHL had rejected the Devils' initial offer because it violated the league's salary cap. An arbiter upheld that decision after the union filed a grievance.

With 338 goals and 304 assists in 642 career games, Kovalchuk was the biggest prize on the NHL free-agent market this season. The 27-year-old left wing had 41 goals and 44 assists in 2009-10, a season he split between Atlanta and the Devils, who acquired him in a multi-player deal in February.

The new deal will put a $6.67 million annual hit on the Devils' salary cap and put the team roughly $3 million over the league limit ($59.4 million) with only 21 players under contract, two under the league limit.

With a full roster, Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello probably is going to have to clear about $5 million in cap space before the season starts on Oct. 8.

While the annual salary breakdown for the deal was not immediately available, Kovalchuk will earn significantly more money in the final five years.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch had rejected the first contract because Kovalchuk was slated to earn only $550,000 in each of the last five seasons. It would have run through the 2026-27 season, when Kovalchuk will be 44.

The 15-year deal matches the length of one signed by New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.

Kovalchuk went on the free-agent market on July 1. He narrowed his final choices to the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, the Devils, and SKA St. Petersburg of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League before agreeing to stay in New Jersey, at least until the league objected and extended his job search for about six weeks.

Kovalchuk was supposed to be the last link in New Jersey's push for a fourth Stanley Cup title since 1995. However, he could not prevent the team from being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Philadelphia.

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he's not officially signed. they're just couching and hoping it's not a Dewey beats Truman. you have to get the story in by a certain time.

nhl.com says it's not done and extended to 3AM

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Wow. I go out for the night at 5:30 thinking Kovalchuk is a Devil. I come home at 2:30 and this sh!t still isn't official? UGH.

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Wow. I go out for the night at 5:30 thinking Kovalchuk is a Devil. I come home at 2:30 and this sh!t still isn't official? UGH.

Its now extended to 3am (the deadline) according to NHL.com

Lou is waiting up in his footy pajamas, very displeased with the turn of events.

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he's not officially signed. they're just couching and hoping it's not a Dewey beats Truman. you have to get the story in by a certain time.

nhl.com says it's not done and extended to 3AM

Figured as much

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Bettman needs to be ousted after this ridiculous sh!t. Extension after extension..."not official but a done deal" etc etc....so sick of it. I now wait 12 more minutes to see what happens....

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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I can't believe it is finally over. For real. Holy sh!t. Wow. I am going to be representing the Devils proudly tomorrow (well, today) on campus, it's a celebratory day!

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Unbelievable- its finally over. Kovy is officially a Devil. It took over 2 months and over 600 pages, and it took us almost to the brink of training camp. But now, its time to clear some cap space and play some hockey!!

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Too early to post?...something I've been working on.

KArmy_v2.jpg

I like it but maybe sneak the NJD logo somewhere or just the tail from the logo?

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I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here but with the acception of the Kovy deal and the ammendment of the CBA could the league still levy a fine against the Devils in regards to the 1st contract rejection?

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I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here but with the acception of the Kovy deal and the ammendment of the CBA could the league still levy a fine against the Devils in regards to the 1st contract rejection?

According to TGs Fire and Ice late last night... YES.

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GOOOOOOODDD MORNIIING!!!

Me like the shirts UnderDogX

It is finally over!!

:clap: :clap: :clap::yea: :yea: :yea:

....let's get Rolston outta here now :rolleyes:

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phew. finally. i thought i was going to wake up to 'kovalchuk contract rejected' or 'sides put off resolution until tuesday'. the union and the league are pretty much like this:

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