The Devils may not have to choose between superstar left wings after all. The Russian campaign is on to lure Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL, although it is believed no deal is yet done.
A source close to the two-time 52 goal scorer told The Post not to fully accept some Russian reports that Kovalchuk already has agreed to play for St. Petersburg next season.
The Leafs are looking at 24-year-old Czech centre Roman Cervenka, who played for the Czech Republic at the Vancouver Olympics, but won’t make a decision until after the world championships.
This season with Slavia Praha of the Czech league he had 30 goals and 43 assists for 73 points.
According to Russian websites, the two NHL stars plan on signing with St. Petersburg on July 1 when they both become unrestricted free agents.
The president of the St. Petersburg team is Alexander Medvedev, who also happens to be the president of the KHL. One of the other hats he wears is as deputy chairman of Gazprom, the Russian gas company that is under-writing the KHL’s losses.