- Frank Provenzano, ESPN Insider
In the short term, many Devils fans will be lamenting the loss of their marquee offensive threat. The Devils, despite adding some offensive depth this summer through free agency, will likely continue to find themselves in the bottom half of the NHL firepower department (they finished 28th, 15th and 30th in goals scored over the past three seasons, and are losing a player who accounted for 16 percent of their offense over that span). However, there is a silver lining to this sudden turn of events in Newark. Millions of them, as a matter of fact.
Losing Ilya Kovalchuk may be a bitter pill for Devils fans in the short term, but in the long run, Frank Provenzano believes the sorrow will be sweeter than most realize.