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New position for Kovalchuk?

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Ilya Kovalchuk has a new contract – and maybe a new position.

Kovalchuk has spent his entire NHL career as a left wing. But he switched sides Saturday and skated on the right with Zach Parise and Travis Zajac on the first day of workouts at the New Jersey Devils training camp.

Kovalchuk noted after his Group A session that he liked his new linemates -- a lot.

"Who wouldn't?" he said. "Those two are some of the best players in the League, so it's always fun to play with great players."

Kovalchuk, the NHL's leading goal-scorer since his 2001-02 debut, has normally been a left wing. But with all the talent the Devils have on the left side, Kovalchuk is getting a look on the right. He wasn't concerned about the change.

"It's pretty much the same," Kovalchuk said. "I need probably a couple days then a couple of games to adjust. I told Z (Parise) that if I'm on his side to just let me know and I'll go back on the right."

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