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Report: Ilya Kovalchuk Has Massive 17-Year Deal on Table From New Jersey

Jul 10, 2010 – 11:37 AM
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Hal Spivack

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Ilya Kovalchuck DevilsThe prized free agent of the NHL's 2010 free-agent class, Ilya Kovalchuk, has a 17-year contract worth more than $100 million from the New Jersey Devils on the table, according to a report by The New York Post. The deal would be the longest in NHL free-agency history, topping the 12-year deal Marian Hossa signed with the Chicago Blackhawks last summer.

The contract is supposedly front-loaded so that Kovalchuk would receive at least $100 million through the first 10 years of the contract. Before he was shipped to New Jersey from Atlanta on February 4, he turned down contracts of $70 million through seven years and $100 million through 12 from Atlanta. Kovalchuk enjoyed his time in New Jersey at the end of last season.

It looks like the reported 17-year deal is Kovalchuk's best offer yet. St. Petersberg of the KHL has shown interest, while the Los Angeles Kings have dropped out of the bidding twice. This saga has carried on for almost two weeks now. Kovalchuk is expected to make his decision within the next few days.

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