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Ilya Kovalchuk traded to Devils

Well, the wait is over.  Ilya Kovalchuk is a Devil and Anssi Salmela, a former Devils prospect, will return to Jersey.  In exchange, Johnny Oduya, (this season's) Penguin killer Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, and a 2010 first-round pick will head off to Atlanta.

SBN's NHL page is all over the Kovalchuk trade

ESPN has a bit on it as well

Also keep your eyes on In Lou We Trust and Bird Watchers Anonymous for each SBN blogger's take on the moves

Immediate reaction: This doesn't bode well for the Pens.  Although they've done a pretty solid job of containing Kovalchuk this season, the Devils are another animal all together.  Now with Kovalchuk on board, they have a potent offensive threat to go with an already solid defense.