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Ilya Kovalchuk arrived at the Prudential Center Wednesday morning from his extended stay in Russia.

He wanted to stay a little longer to participate in the KHL All-Star Game on Sunday and now will report to Devils training camp. New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer is glad to have him back in the fold. "He's critical. He creates offense for us," DeBoer said. "When he's on the ice the other team is on their heels and aware. It's not even what he does individually, it's the subtle plays he makes that creates offense for other guys down the ice. He generates a lot of our offensive opportunities. It's going to be nice to see him back out here." It's unclear if he will take part in Wednesday afternoon's scrimmage versus AHL Albany.