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Ilya Kovalchuk surprisingly bolted from the NHL this summer, retiring from the New Jersey Devils and signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia.
It seems Kovalchuk didn't bring any of that American tendency to disagree with the government back to his homeland. Asked about Russia's vague -- but not so vaguely threatening -- anti-gay laws, Kovalchuk took the party line.
"I agree, of course," he said. "I'm Russian, and we all have to respect that. It's personal and, like I said, it's a free world, but that's our line. That's our country, so everybody has to respect that."
If it's hard to parse some of that -- we all have to respect that he's Russian? it's a free world until you get to Russia? -- Kovalchuk clearly isn't straddling any blue lines here. At least publicly, he supports the law that is kicking up controversy and concern heading into next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi.
Kovalchuk was a prolific scorer in the NHL, but for much of the world outside of Russia, he was definitely off-target this time.
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As the Olympics approach, former New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk voiced his support of the anti-gay propaganda laws currently under fire in Russia.
The New Jersey Devils got the last, big piece of business done Monday, signing forward Adam Henrique to a reported six year contract worth $24 million. Henrique had been rumored to be close to a new deal with the Devils for quite some time, but with the process of selling the team underway, the signing took a backseat. Agreement was finally reached Saturday. “It was an...
Most of the talk surrounding the New Jersey Devils has been negative. They lost their best player to "early NHL retirement," gave Ryane Clowe a contract that they'll probably regret in a couple years and traded away their top-ten pick for goaltender Cory Schneider. Factor that in with them having some pretty ugly results last season and you have the Devils getting mostly...
The New Jersey Devils have re-signed center Adam Henrique to a new multiyear contract.
Henrique, 23, will enter his third NHL season in September, and will be counted on heavily on a team light on offense. Henrique had 11 goals and 16 points in 42 games last season with New Jersey, after a memorable rookie season with the Devils in 2011-12.
Henrique was named to the NHL All-Rookie...
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The Devils have finally re-signed free agent center Adam Henrique whose return never seemed to be in question despite summer-long negotiations.
The contract is for six years and $24 million.
"I had no problem signing a long-term deal" Henrique said today. "I've loved it in New Jersey so far. The organization has been great to me and my family. It's a place...
After Adam Henrique re-signed with the NJ Devils for 6 Years $24 Million today, I had the opportunity to chat with him.
JR: Exciting to re-sign in NJ to a Long Term Contract:
AH: "Yes, itâs very exciting. My family and I are very happy about it and Iâm excited for the future."
JR: Last Week a New Ownership group was brought in for the Devils and now...
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The New Jersey Devils have finally reached an agreement with Adam Henrique.
After months of negotiations, the two sides have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in the Red and Black. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Henrique, 23, is coming off an 11 goal, 16 point campaign in a lockout shortened...
The New Jersey Devils signing of young forward Adam Henrique to a six year, $24 Million deal on Monday was likely not well-received news by teams that have unsigned restricted free agents, like the Maple Leafs with Nazem Kadri.
The 23 year old struggled in his sophomore season, scoring 11 goals and five assists in 42 games after registering 51 points as a rookie, scoring the...
What was the first thing Cory Schneider noticed about the Devils’ 2013-14 schedule when it was announced on July 19?
“Probably the fact that we’re back in Vancouver pretty quickly” Schneider said today at the U.S. Olympic team’s orientation camp in Arlington Va.
In fact the Devils’ visit to Vancouver – the city that was Schneider’s NHL home for the first five seasons...
I'm officially perplexed.
The news of the New Jersey Devils signing their 23 year old RFA center Adam Hnerique to a six year, $24 million deal has me face palming myself.
On Friday night, Rangers GM Glen Sather said on Edmonton radio that he will not be signing his RFA forward Derek Stepan to a long term deal. Stepan will get a bridge deal, or will sit out.
During a Russian charity game put on by Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin stole the show after he "fought" a 7-year-old boy. During the game's second intermission, Malkin tangled with the boy and the two "fought" until they were separated by the officials.
The game featured players associated with SKA St. Petersburg and a local youth hockey team...