Found October 07, 2013 on The Farm Club:
What happens when you lose the most prolific player in the league? As the New Jersey Devils are proving, you stumble out of the gate. Lou Lamoriello went out and fetched talented players including Michael Ryder and Damien Brunner in the off-season, but it seems that his team still can’t get over the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk. New Jersey made a daring move by trading for Kovalchuk in 2010. Once the regular season ended, the Devils offered him one of the largest contracts in NHL history, worth $102 million. After disagreements between the franchise and the league, Kovalchuk was officially able to call New Jersey home for the following 10 years and $100 million — or so the Devils thought. The Russian native shocked the team by choosing to leave for the KHL in his home country (which also subsequently offered him more money) this summer. Coming after a shortened NHL season and an uncertain future, one could hardly blame him for leaving. However, the situation left Lamoriello and his squad ...
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