When Will Kovalchuk Decide?

All was pretty quiet yesterday until around 12:30pm when Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent sent out a tweet that got everyone moving yesterday.  Jay Grossman posted on his Twitter account: “Ilya Kovalchuk looking to make decision on his future today.” That was quickly followed up by a report in the NY Post saying it was the Devils who were going to land him for 7 years at $60 million dollars. Then, everything just stopped. Later in the evening, Jay Grossman again hit Twitter with “Ilya Kovalchuk choices have been narrowed down, details to be finalized but no announcement tonight.” Don’t you just love agents??

Jay Grossman’s first tweet led to so much speculation as did his second one.

Had the Devils and Kovalchuk come to an agreement with many details still to be worked out?
Did the Islanders offer $10 million on a 10-year contract or did general manager Garth Snow fail to put an actual offer on the table?
Might the Atlanta Thrashers, who offered Kovalchuk a 12-year, $101 million deal last season before trading him to the Devils, have gotten back into the picture?
Has a deal actually been worked out but with the news of Bob Probert’s sudden passing, should we just put this on the back burner until tomorrow so that the hockey world can properly mourn his passing?

Lamoriello has maintained that the Devils were still in the hunt for Kovalchuk. However, if the Devils’ offer is for $60 million over seven years, the GM would have to find some cap space before the regular season opened on Oct. 8.

So we continue to wait on word of where Kovalchuk will call home and for how long.

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Defenseman Mark Fraser, who spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Devils, has filed for salary arbitration.

Fraser was one of 31 NHL players to file for salary arbitration. He earned $500,000 last season.

The 6-3, 2200-pound defenseman, who could be a key part of the Devils’ defense this season, had six points (three goals, three assists) with 36 penalty minutes in 61 games

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