Devils practice, believe F Kovalchuk will be back

Updated: January 8, 2013, 5:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Superstar forward llya Kovalchuk has to play for the New Jersey Devils once the NHL lockout is officially lifted.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday that the KHL reaffirmed its intention to honor an agreement with the NHL concerning contracts.

"They would not permit a player who is under a valid and binding NHL SPC (to) continue to play in the KHL once the lockout is officially lifted," Daly said in an email to The Associated Press. "They have confirmed their ...

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