Recently, there has been many rumors that Kovalchuck will be returning to the NHL next season. The Devils GM Ray Shero has mentioned numerous times that he will make the best decision possible for the Devils to benefit from this situation. San Jose, Toronto, and St Louis are the most desired locations deemed by Kovalchuck.
If Kovalchuck decides to stay in New Jersey this will be a big bonus. This would be the best outcome for the Devils in my opinion. They are still in desperate need of scoring and an addition as this will benefit the team in several ways such as possession, shots, and the power play. It would be interesting to see how Kovalchuck would develop under the Hynes system.
Possible sign and trades for the Devils:
4th round pick
Maple Leafs receive: