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KOSTYA KENNEDY
October 04, 2010
EASTERN CONFERENCE:
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October 04, 2010

Atlantic

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

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Devils

COACH

John MacLean (1st season)

LAST SEASON

48-27-7 (2nd in East); lost in first round to Flyers

KEY ADDITIONS

C Jason Arnott, D Henrik Tallinder, D Anton Volchenkov

KEY LOSSES

D Paul Martin, D Mike Mottau, C Rob Niedermayer

SO, WAS IT worth it? By re-signing winger Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract the Devils have committed themselves to a $6.7 million annual salary-cap hit until Kovy turns 42. That deal came only after the league had nixed a previous 17-year, $102 million agreement because it violated the spirit of the cap rules, punishing New Jersey with a $3 million fine and the loss of two high draft picks.

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