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Ilya Kovalchuk's contract approved

Updated: September 4, 2010, 11:35 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEWARK, N.J. -- The NHL has signed off on Ilya Kovalchuk's latest contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Five weeks after rejecting the Russian's landmark 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils, the league approved a revised 15-year, $100 million deal on Friday after reaching an agreement with the NHL Players Association on an amendment covering long-term contracts.

Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's agent, confirmed the agreement in an e-mail, The Associated Press reported.

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