Is this a legacy-maker … or breaker?

Updated: July 19, 2010, 7:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Star winger Ilya Kovalchuk turned down multiple one-year offers that would have paid him more than $10 million -- the maximum allowed under the salary cap.

He turned down a lucrative contract offer from the Kontinental Hockey League and the chance to be the centerpiece of the Russian national team in the years leading up to the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.

All for life in Newark, N.J. Seriously.

You can already hear the snickers and jokes being whispered ...

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