Wow! Huuuge pickup, great for the devils.
Source: Devils acquire Kovalchuk
By Pierre LeBrun
The New Jersey Devils have won the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, acquiring from the superstar winger from the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night, a source close to the deal told ESPN.com.
The Devils have struggled of late, especially scoring goals. Veteran Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn't hesitate, swooping in and acquiring the biggest rental player available on this year's trade market.
Kovalchuk will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and contracts talks with the Thrashers hit a stalemate recently.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
Everything I'm hearing says the Devils are sending back Oduya, Bergfors, Palmieri, and a 1st round pick. Sounds like a great deal to me.
I hope they traded Bergfors/Odyua/Clarkson/pick.
Its just a two month rental, those deals are dangerous
I'm hearing mixed reports now.
Some saying Oduya/Bergfors/Tedenby/1st Round Pick
Some saying Oduya/Bergfors/Palmieri/1st Round Pick
I'm really, really hoping it's the latter.
Looks like it's Tedenby that's the prospect in the deal. Damn it!
Devils acquire superstar Kovalchuk
TFP has learned that the New Jersey Devils have acquired superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers. The trade was first reported by USA Today's Kevin Allen.
TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta has confirmed that Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya, two forwards and a first-round pick heading to Atlanta.
Forward Nicklas Bergfors and prospect Mattias Tedenby are also believed to be part of the deal.
According to Pagnotta, Kovalchuk "has not yet been informed (by Atlanta) he's been traded."
Details to follow...
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Now it sounds like it's Cormier, not Tedenby or Palmieri. Sick!
Last edited by crazyjetsman28; 02-04-2010 at 08:32 PM.
Sounds like we got Anssi Salmela back as well. LOL.
Devils send 1st rounder to Atlanta, teams to swap 2nd round choices. Almost a wash when it comes to draft picks now.