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Ilya Kovalchuk traded to New Jersey Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk traded to New Jersey Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk traded to New Jersey Devils (Photo © AP Photo)

Ilya Kovalchuk has been traded to the New Jersey Devils. It’s rumored that before the trade the former Atlanta Thrashers captain, one of the NHL top snipers, turned down a 12-year offer.

Kovalchuk costed the Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya, forward Nicklas Bergfors, prospect Patrice Cormier and the Devils’ 2010 first round pick.

“New Jersey is a good team and it’s a great chance to go far in the playoffs,” Kovalchuk said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s sad at the same time because now – I can say it – I’ve been a Thrasher for eight years. I’m appreciative of everything, the organization and the fans.”

Kovalchuk’s first match as a New Jersey Devil will be on Friday night against Toronto. His first match against Atlanta is scheduled for April 6th. “That’s going to be an interesting game” – admitted Kovalchuk while speaking to WJLA-TV in Washington.

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