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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia and one on Team Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk posted three shots on goal in 23:19 of ice time in Team Russia's stunning 2-1 loss to France on Wednesday.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, HENRIK TALLINDER, IIHF World Championships, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Team Canada, Team Russia, Team Sweden
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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia.

Those squads happened to square off Tuesday, with Ilya Kovalchuk gaining a goal and an assist in Russia's 5-3 win over the Americans?at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Tags: IIHF World Championships, Ilya Kovalchuk, Notes, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Team Russia, Team USA
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Yesterday, Martin Brodeur told French-Canadian journliast Renaud Lavoie that although Brodeur wouldn't pick himself for Team Canada, he would go to next February's Sochi Olympics if asked -- even as a third-string goalie. That got me to thinking, which Devils are destined to play for flag and country in a year's time? So, after looking at the Devils' current roster, here's an extremely early roundup of players I think will, could or won't get the call next year. Again, this is all my random guessing based on players I think have a shot. Here goes.

Definitely Sochi bound: Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia), Anton Volchenkov (Russia)

As long as they keep this up: David Clarkson (Canada), Andy Greene (U.S.)

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Buzz, Czech Republic, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Russia, Sochi, Sochi Games, Sochi Olympics, Team Canada, Team U.S.A., U.S.A
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Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice spoke to the Devils' resident Russian, Ilya Kovalchuk, about the Russian-born rookie currently destroying NHL goaltenders all over the Western Conference -- Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

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Tags: Blues, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, New Jersey Devils, Russia, St. Louis Blues, The Lou, Tweets, Vladimir Tarasenko
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Ilya Kovalchuk finally arrived as Devils camp yesterday and needless to say, he is soooooo happy to be back in the NHL. The KHL? Those brown paper bags filled with off-the-books bookoo bucks? What?! He never wanted to stay there! He doesn't know where you guys are getting that from.

Look, I haven't been bothered by this story from the outset. I understood the whole political wrangling of it all -- the KHL asking Ilya and the rest of "The Russian 4" (Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin) to help their native league make a statement to the big, bad NHL. Then there's the allure of playing at home, in front your family and friends and the fact that the KHL can pay him a lot more than the NHL can -- on the books and otherwise.

But then Kovy decided to go and play dumb today at the Prudential Center and that got me all sorts of riled up. It's just all so damn disingenuous and ridiculous.

Tags: Alexander Medvedev, Analysis, CBA, contract, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Russia, Vladimir Putin
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Ilya Kovalchuk continues to hold out behind the red curtain. The Russian winger suited up for SKA St. Petersburg again Thursday, attempting to put a further scare into the Devils and the NHL. Neither party, at least publicly, appears concerned, but the general manager of Kovalchuk's KHL club isn't backing down.

Kasatonov, ironically a former Devil, is taking the only public stance he can. We're not buying the idea that Kovalchuk won't honor his NHL contract when push becomes a strongly worded shove from Gary Bettman and the IIHF. The only interesting part of this whole case will be whether Kovy really tries to play in Sunday's KHL ASG after the CBA has been ratified by his union and whether the NHL and/or the Devils decide to reprimand him.
Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, IIHF, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kontinental Hockey League, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Russia, SKA St. Petersburg
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