Former Devils head coach John MacLean didn't necessarily get off on the right foot with Ilya Kovalchuk.

So what does the $100 million left winger think about Pete DeBoer after the first day of training camp?

"I just talked to him a little bit yesterday and today. I'm very looking forward to working with him," Kovalchuk said. "He seems like a nice guy. He wants to win. So do we. We'll all be on the same page for sure."

Asked about the Devils' troubles in the first half of last season, Kovalchuk said: "That's all in the past. We don't want to talk about it. In hockey you always have a new year.