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Report: Kovalchuk to Devils?

7 years; $60 million; $8.571429 cap hit.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=326655

I'm really curious about this.  The Kings have said that they are out of the running  and the Islanders reportedly offered the same 10 year $100 million deal that Atlanta had on the table before they were forced to trade him.  Lamoriello has said that he would move other players if need be to sign Ilya Kovalchuk.  But, who does he move?

According to capgeek, the Devils already have $55,391,666 committed to just 18 players.  Patrik Elias is the team's highest paid player at $6 million and he's a life long Devil with a NMC.  Martin Brodeur is the next highest paid player at $5.2 million and he's not going anywhere.  After that comes Brian Rolston, who's got 2 years left on a 35+ contract that pays him just over $5 million.  He would be the ideal candidate to go, IMO.  But, no one's going to want to take on that contract.

Jason Arnott, Henrik Tallinder, Anton Volchenkov are all guys that they either just traded for or signed but are making salaries in the $4 million range.  Arnott and Volchenkov have an NMC and an NTC, respectively.

Also keep in mind that Zach Parise's only making $3.125 million in the final year of his deal before he becomes an RFA.

I'm not saying that he won't be able to do it.  Lamoriello's been very creative at managing his cap situation in the past.  I'm just curious to see how this whole thing would play out.

The guys over at In Lou We Trust are of course on top of this.

They linked to a Larry Brooks Tweet which suggests some possible candidates to move if this deal happens.

Patrik Elias has a no move. Expect Salvador to be waived at camp. Perhaps Zubrus can be dealt. Maybe Langenbrunner goes in deal.

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