04 February 2010

Kovalchuk traded to Devils

Per USA Today, Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela have been traded to the New Jersey Devils. This comes on the heels of Kovy turning down the Thrashers' $101m/12yr contract offer earlier today.

Atlanta received Johnny Oduya (D), Niclas Bergfors (RW), Team Canada U-20 Captain Patrice Cormier (F) (yes, THAT Patrice Cormier, he of the Peoples' Elbow on Mikael Tam (article/video #2)- interestingly enough, his 2nd major elbowing offence, the first occurring against Anton Rodin during the Canada/Sweden WJC game in December of 2009. ) and a 1st round pick in 2010. The teams will also swap their 2010 2nd round picks.

Good luck with that, Jersey. And good luck with the trap, Kovy.

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