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While caught off-guard by star forward Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to retire from the NHL and return home to Russia, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer said his team's job this season is to prove doubters wrong.
Speaking between sessions of a rookie camp, DeBoer said the loss of the 30-year-old Kovalchuk leaves holes on the team's top line and specialty teams, and creates playing time others will have to fill.
DeBoer knew during the season that Kovalchuk was interested in returning to Russia, but he didn't expect a final decision last week. He admitted he was disappointed with Kovalchuk's decision but not angry.
Kovalchuk, who walked away from $77 million on the 15-year contract he signed in 2010, agreed to a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL on Monday.
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After his abrupt early retirement from the NHL last week and departure for Russia's KHL, the former Devils left winger's sister spoke out about her brother's plans for a possible return to the United States.
Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract.
Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.
SKA did not disclose the terms of the deal with Kovalchuk in its statement Monday. SKA president Gennady Timchenko described the 30-year-old Kovalchuk as a ''real leader...
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With Ilya Kovalchuk bolting to the KHL, the New Jersey Devils are left with a pretty big hole in their lineup.
If there was any doubt as to if they needed another top-6/9 forward, there certainly isn't any longer.
There aren't any stars remaining in free agency, but there still are some players who are capable of replacing...
Ilya Kovalchuk has found a new team to play for in his native country. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
After shocking the hockey world with his abrupt retirement from the NHL, Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t take long to find a new hockey team to play for. According to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Kovalchuk has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, just four...
from RIA Novosti,
Ilya Kovalchuk, who shocked the hockey world last Thursday by abruptly retiring from the New Jersey Devils, has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, making him the first major Russian hockey star in his prime to defect from the NHL to the KHL.
The deal, announced by the club on Monday, signals a coup Russian hockey officials have been fighting...
Much as been said about Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement from the NHL, the large amount of money he left on the table in North America and his return to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg. Every pundit has weighed in, Jeremy Roenick has had a Twitter meltdown, Don Cherry has had his say. It seems like everyone has spoken, including half of Kovalchuk's family, except for the...
Ilya Kovachuk sent shock waves though the NHL by retiring from the New Jersey Devils so he could finish his career in Russia.He walked away from the last 12 years and final $77 million on his contract. The Devils signed off on his departure, but Kovalchuk gutted the franchise with his awkwardly timed decision. In the process of doing so made every general manager employing top...
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Just a few days ago Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL and walked away from the New Jersey Devils.
Kovalchuk's contract had 12 years remaining that would have paid him $77 million over that span.
Many presumed his days in the NHL were done, but apparently that might not be the case. Kovalchuk may return to the NHL in a few...
NHLTags: Anton BelovIlya KovalchukKHLSergei BobrovskyValeri VasilievIn hockey circles, the summer of 2010 has been referred to jokingly as the “Summer of Kovalchuk,” after then 27-year-old Ilya Kovalchuk dragged out negotiations for weeks before signing a gargantuan 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. The NHL rejected the original...
Over the long haul, Ilya Kovalchuk’s departure could help the New Jersey Devils. The latter years of his contract would have proven burdensome to the franchise. He had 12 years and $77 million on the contract he walked away from. Devils hockey czar Lou Lamoriello gained considerable long-range payroll flexibility with Kovaluchuk off to finish his career is Russia. But in the near...
I can’t help but be bothered by the news that Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the New Jersey Devils and the $77MM remaining on his contract. I should be happy as a Rangers fan that one of our principle division rivals has been weakened tremendously but that joy is tempered by the appearance that Lou [...]
So, Mr. Kevin DeLury emailed myself, James and Adam on this past Friday night and informed us that he would be taking the week off to personally see that Ilya Kovalchuk makes it safely back to his new home in St. Petersburg, Russia. So while Kevin is away, the remaining three of the us will assume control of the blog for the next 5 days as we wait for anything NYR related to come...
Very little has been made of Ilya Kovalchuk's start in the NHL. Amongst the hubbub of him bolting for Russia, everyone seems to be mentioning the Devils and his point production with them and yada yada yada. You may, if you're lucky, get a mention of him being drafted by the Thrashers in 2001.
This tweet is a perfect example of what I'm talking about: