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Devils star coming back

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This article was published 11/1/2013 (1569 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

THE Ilya Kovalchuk saga could be coming to an end.

New Jersey Devils winger Kovalchuk, who served as captain of SKA St. Petersburg during the lockout, will play in the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game, but that's expected to be it.

TOP THREE QUARTERS CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - In this April 6, 2010, file photo, New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates against the Atlanta Thrashers during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. NHL free agent shoppers won't find anyone on the open market to compare to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. This year's class doesn't even stack up to the star quality of last year, but with players such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Nabokov available to the highest bidder, there could be quite a bit of movement around the league. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File).

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TOP THREE QUARTERS CLOSE CUT CLOSECUT - In this April 6, 2010, file photo, New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates against the Atlanta Thrashers during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. NHL free agent shoppers won't find anyone on the open market to compare to LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. This year's class doesn't even stack up to the star quality of last year, but with players such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Nabokov available to the highest bidder, there could be quite a bit of movement around the league. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File).

Tweeted Yahoo's Dmitry Chesnokov: "According to SKA coach, yesterday's (Thursday's) game was most likely the last in the KHL for Kovalchuk, meaning he will leave for NJ as early as Monday."

The all-star game is Sunday, the same day that NHL training camps are expected to open. The Russia-based league has announced that Kovalchuk will be captain of the West squad.

Kovalchuk has more than $80 million remaining on his 15-year, $100 million deal.

-- USA Today

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