Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't like penalty

Updated: September 17, 2010, 2:54 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ilya Kovalchuk was back among his Devils teammates Friday, trying hard to put a tense summer of contract negotiations, league rejections and renegotiations behind him.

It may be tougher than it seems.

Kovalchuk took pains to separate himself from the punishment the NHL levied on the Devils Monday stemming from the league's rejection of his original 17-year, $102 million contract -- the $3 million fine and the loss of a third-round draft pick this year and a first-rounder ...

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