Devils liking Kovalchuk long-term?

The Fourth Period March 8, 2010

Star sniper Ilya Kovalchuk is starting to get more comfortable with his new team and the New Jersey Devils are starting to think long-term with their newest acquisition.

Kovalchuk, 26, was traded to the Devils last month. He is in the final year of his contract and it was initially speculated he would only be a short-term fix for New Jersey.

In eight games with the Devils, Kovalchuk has picked up three goals and five assists. While the relationship is still early, sources tell TFP the Devils are expected to pitch a long-term contract extension once the season is over.

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