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Breaking: First signs that Ilya Kovalchuk is dead serious about returning the NHL.

Huge update on the rumors surrounding Ilya Kovalchuk.

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The rumors surrounded Ilya Kovalchuk and a potential return to the National Hockey League have picked up some steam since the end of the regular season, but on Monday we got our first signs that Kovalchuk may be very serious about making a comeback.

TSN insider Pierre LeBrun is now reporting that tat New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero is expected to reach out to Jay Grossman, the agent for the Kontinental Hockey League superstar, in order to discuss his potential future in the National Hockey League.

Shero would not be wasting his time unless there was some belief that a return was possible, and while Kovalchuk has stated that the complications surrounding his contract have given him some hesitation, it sounds like the Devils are ready to work on a solution. 

Ideally for New Jersey would be some kind of new deal that either allows them to put Kovalchuk on their roster or trade him to a rival NHL team. Both of those would be significantly better than their current option which is merely watching Kovalchuk play in the KHL while they get nothing in return.