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Ilya Kovalchuk traded to the Devils

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7:40PM: Still waiting on who and what the Devils have sent to Atlanta in return. Rumors say that Oduya is one of the pieces. 7:47PM: General consensus is that Oduya is definitely one of the players being sent by NJ. Another is Swedish youngster Niclas Bergfors. Also, reports saying the Devils gave up a prospect and a 1st Rd pick. 7:52PM: Mattias Tedenby is rumored to be the prospect the Devs are sending to ATL. I am impressed if this is all that the Devils have given up. 8:05PM: Reports are less certain about who the prospect is. Some are saying its Tedendy. Others are mentioning Cormier and I have also seen Nick Palmieri. Still waiting to see for sure. 8:12PM: Bob McKenzie from TSN says "Oduya, Bergfors, Tedenby and 1st round pick" and Kevin Allen from USA Today says "Atlanta Thrashers receive Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-round pick for Kovalchuk." Interesting . . . 8:16PM: Nope, Kevin Allen was and has been right all day. Devils have sent Oduya, Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st-Round pick. It looks to be pretty much official. 8:19PM: From Kevin Allen's twitter: "For those interested, St. Louis and Ottawa were the mystery teams that kicked the tires on Kovalchuk. Bravo for their aggressiveness" 8:28PM: Tying up the loose ends - Anssi Salmela also apart of the deal; going back to NJD. Alright, I am gonna stop with the updates now because the deal is official. Considering, Kovalchuk is probably just a rental, I would say that the Devils have done pretty well. How well Kovalchuk fits into Lemaire's system remains to be seen. Oh ya, and just to remind everyone, the Flyers have a home and home with the Devils on Monday and Wednesday of next week, so we'll be one of the first teams to see Kovalchuk in red and black.