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by Paul on 05/29/12 at 11:04 AM ET
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
If the Devils win four more games, the $100 Million Man will be proved worth every ruble. And imagine someone picking New Jersey over Los Angeles.
The Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk gamble is threatening to pay off with an early and unexpected jackpot. The Stanley Cup finals open tomorrow in Newark when the Kings visit the Devils, and Kovalchuk leads the playoff scoring list with 18 points.
With seven goals, he is tied with teammates Zach Parise and Travis Zajac and Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown, one behind eliminated leaders Claude Giroux and Danny Briere of the Flyers.
Kovalchuk has just completed the $6 million second year — no pay for playoffs — of his 15-year, $100 million deal. Not only is he justifying that paycheck, he can put an advance squelch on salary squawkers next year, when his pay leaps to $11 million.
“It’s the last series. Two weeks to go and we had a lot of rest — there’s nothing to save it for,” Kovalchuk said. “If we play our best, nobody can beat us.
“It looks like this year is my chance.”
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