Found January 08, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
There has been a lot of rampant speculation this morning regarding Ilya Kovalchuk and some rumors out of Europe that he is considering leaving the New Jersey Devils to stay with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL. My advice to all of you: don't worry, he will be back. I can say that confidently for a couple reasons: 1. The KHL and NHL have an agreement to honor existing contracts in their respective...

Devils' Kovalchuk can't stay in KHL

Superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk has to play for the New Jersey Devils once the NHL lockout is lifted. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday that the KHL reaffirmed its intention to honor an agreement with the NHL concerning contracts. Players who have valid and binding NHL contracts must honor those deals, Daly said in an email to The Associated Press. There has been...

Todd Cordell: Ilya Kovalchuk To Remain In The KHL For All-Star Game

The KHL All-Star game is set to be played Sunday in Russia, and it looks like a certain star forward on the New Jersey Devils will be playing in that game. Yes, while it is still expected that Ilya Kovalchuk will return to New Jersey, it looks as if that's not happening until the KHL All-Star game is over. While many are starting to panic about the possibility of Kovalchuk leaving...

Todd Cordell: Petr Sykora Wants To Return To NHL + Should Ilya Kovalchuk Be Captain?

With the NHL lockout now over and the regular season set to begin within the next 10-14 days, there is much work and preparation that needs to be done for all teams, players and coaches. Here are some notes on the New Jersey Devils' captain candidates, Petr Sykora's hopes to return to the NHL this season and more. - I'll start off with the captaincy thing. The Devils...

Kovalchuk to stay in Russia?

Lubomir Visnovsky may not be the only NHLer looking to remain overseas for the duration of 2012-13. Word has it Ilya Kovalchuk is leaning towards staying with SKA Saint Petersburg instead of re-joining the New Jersey Devils.  However, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger cautions against blowing this tidbit out of proportion: "... Kovalchuk remains in Russia and is playing today...

Who Should Wear The "C"

  The framework to end the lockout is in place and while we wait for the ratification process for the new CBA to be completed, it is now time to start focusing on a little Devils hockey. I will address a rumor first because I need to address it in order to move on with the point of this article. We woke up this morning to rumors that Ilya Kovalchuk might be staying put in...

The Hockey Machine Comes to Life for New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils’ schedule for the 2013 season hasn’t been released yet, but owning to an ice show at Prudential Center, it seems likely the Devils will open the truncated season on the road. The ice surface being down is one less cause for concern in making a quick turnabout now that a new collective bargaining agreement has finally been reached. Coach Peter DeBoer and...

Short-season mode worked for Devils last time

The end of the NHL lockout meant several players from several teams could finally work out with their mates Monday. Slowly, all of the locker rooms will be filled with players from near and far, an official - albeit brief - training camp will be held, and teams will finally get to the business of trying to win the Stanley Cup. Who has the advantage in a 48- or 50-game season? Who...

Down to Business

Well, its finally back. There is no use crying over lost time, so here are some news, notes and quotes since the news broke the lockout ended in NJ. Petr Sykora, who played for the Devils last season, is hoping to be invited back to Devils camp again after his contract expired after the previous season. If you remember, Sykora entered the training camp last year and was originally...

Todd Cordell: SKA GM Will "Do Everything Possible" To Keep Ilya Kovalchuk In The KHL

As the days go by, things continue to get shadier and shadier regarding Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL status and where he will be playing this year and beyond. While I still ultimately believe Kovalchuk will be back in New Jersey and playing January 19th when the New Jersey Devils open their season, likely against the New York Islanders, Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, wouldn...

Anyone Seen Kovalchuk?

@tsnbobmckenzie That is what Lou Lamoriello told me yesterday as well. Said he had no reason to think he wasn't coming back. — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 8, 2013
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