The KHL's season is now over and the Saint Petersburg SKA won the Gagarin cup. Why should you care? Because Ilya Kovalchuk was the interim captain and he had an amazing year for the team, with 78 points in 60 games. More importantly, rumors about a potential return in the NHL are numerous.
Many teams would be greatly interested in signing the 34 years old to add some offensive power to their roster. However, one very important step needs to be taken before he skates on a North American rink.
This one could be huge for the Devils. The struggling New Jersey team needs to rebuild quickly to be competitive again someday. It would be surprising they keep Kovalchuck, but he still has a very high trading value. On top of that, the Las Vegas initial draft mixes things up even more and has deep ramification for everyone in the league. The Devils could very well protect him and then trade afterward.
We will follow this story closely!