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Ilya Kovalchuk: Back In U.S. After KHL Stint

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Update: Kovalchuk has returned from Russia and will attend New Jersey's practice Wednesday afternoon, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports.

Recommendation: One of the most overblown, taken-out-of-context post-lockout sagas has come to end. There was actually some question as to whether Kovalchuk would return from the KHL. He's back with the Devils and may scrimmage with the club's AHL affiliate, Albany, in the afternoon. Look for Kovalchuk to be minimally affected by the loss of Zach Parise, as he has shown the ability to produce on his own during his career. Odds are Kovalchuk will man the point on the first power play unit and see 25 minutes or more of ice-time per contest.

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