Russian team taking shot at Devils' Kovalchuk

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.

Leafs closing in on Czech star

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.

Offseason Plans: Anaheim Ducks

A talented team that ended up coming short of the playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks will have to put their summer plans on hold while they wait for decisions from two veterans. The back end has to improve, and the extent of the improvement depends on the decision of Niedermeyer . The Ducks have an enviable crop of young talent, led by ,Cory Perry , Ryan Getzlaf , and Bobby Ryan , so they should be able to fit in the necessary role players to quickly erase the memory of the franchise’s first post-lockout non-playoff team. On the flip side, if Niedermayer and Selanne elect to call it quits, that could shift the Ducks to a more dramatic rebuilding phase, still anchored around their core of young talent, but more focused on young players in the organization and what they can provide into the future.

Are Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov heading to the Kontinental Hockey Leagu

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.

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