Well, folks, it's finally over - Ilya Kovalchuk is no longer a hockey orphan. It's all Kovy all the time after the break, and hopefully you won't be hearing any contract talks of his again soon now that he's signed with the Devils for SEVENTEEN FREAKIN' YEARS.
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The Kovalchuk contract - Sabres Edge
Here's the year-by-year numbers for the Kovy contract. And what a complete farce it is. If he's still on the Devils in year 17 I'll eat my keyboard.
Is this a legacy-maker … or breaker? - ESPN
You may already be hearing the jokes about Ilya Kovalchuk deciding to re-sign with the Devils, but we can think of worse ways to spend $100 million.
Devils gamble on the short term - The Globe and Mail
Even by signing Kovalchuk to a 17-year contract, New Jersey needs to make some noise while Brodeur is still a legitimate NHL goalie.
Leaked: Ilya Kovalchuk's contract - Down Goes Brown
What took him so long? Well, these sorts of contracts aren't exactly simple. Given all the details that need to be sorted out, I think it's understandable that it took Devil's GM Lou Lamoriello and Kovalchuk's agent Jay Grossman a little bit of extra time to work it all out.