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Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on February 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/2010 Getty Images)
Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on February 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/2010 Getty Images)

Kovalchuk saga may be nearing its end Add to ...

The nearly two-month-long wait for unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk to find a home could finally be nearing its conclusion this week, as the New Jersey Devils are closing in on a renegotiated deal with the Russian star.

Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, general manager Lou Lamoriello and Kovalchuk's agent Jay Grossman met with league officials Monday to go over a new contract, which could be made final in the near future. Terms of the new deal have yet to be made available.

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Kovalchuk's original contract with the Devils, for 17 years and $102-million, was rejected by the NHL last month after the league ruled it circumvented the league's $59.4-million salary cap. The NHL Players' Association grieved that decision, but it was upheld by an arbitrator.

 

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