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Kovalchuk Spurns Kings, Decides To Stay With New Jersey

Free agent left winger Ilya Kovalchuk decided to stay with the New Jersey Devils, the team announced via Twitter this morning. Last week, the Kings and Kovalchuk were reportedly close to a deal, but that never materialized.

Per ESPN:

“Ilya is excited to be continuing his career with New Jersey and knows first-hand the team’s dedication and commitment to winning,” Jay Grossman, president of PuckAgency, which represents Kovalchuk, said in a statement.