I do not think there is any question if he were still on the team, his 60 points wins us at least another 5 games, and we are in the playoffs.
I hate when people don't live up to the deals they makes thanks for nothing, Ilya, go Kovalfvck yourself.
There is no way that Kovalchuk was worth 5 wins a year. He wasn't very good in Russia this year and he ended the year hurt again. Plus his salary was $11M, so if you think NJ was budget conscious this year, take 3 players the Devils signed in the offseason and throw them off the team. It can be any 3, but you have to take 3 off.