Found July 13, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
You can follow Todd on Twitter @ToddCordell! The New Jersey Devils aren't going to replace what Ilya Kovalchuk brought to the team, but that won't stop them from trying. Lou Lamoriello and the Devils appear to be targeting Swiss forward Damien Brunner, according to multiple reports from Europe. reports the #NJDevils are close to signing Damien Brunner— Hockey Tracker (@Ho...

Sister: Kovalchuk planning return?

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.

Damien Brunner May Be in New Jersey Devils’ Plans After Ilya Kovalchuk’s Sudden Retirement

Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils and the NHL on Thursday, abruptly announcing his retirement from the league so he could continue his career in the KHL. Not only will Kovalchuk’s decision cost the Devils an annual cap penalty for the next decade and their first-round pick in 2014′s draft, but it leaves them without their best offensive weapon. Kovalchuk scored 30...

Ex-Thrasher Kovalchuk's abrupt NHL retirement hard to figure

Almost nine years ago when the NHL was shut down for a season-ending lockout, I traveled nearly 6,000 miles to the Republic of Tatarstan to catch up to and write about Ilya Kovalchuk, once the star for the Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnepeg Jets). A number of things stick out from that trip: The minus-16-degree Celsius temperatures in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan where Kovalchuk...

Suddenly the New Jersey Devils need more offense

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...

Roenick rips Kovalchuk as 'selfish'

Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL career came to a screeching halt on Thursday, suddenly leaving the New Jersey Devils without one of their best players. Kovalchuk abruptly announced his retirement from the Devils, forgoing the final 12 years of his contract and leaving $77 million on the table to return to his native Russia, where he is expected to play in the KHL. While some were not...

Ryan Wilson: Malkin Have Desire To Follow Kovalchuk Back Home? + Prospect Camp Roster

Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Ilya Kovalchuk’s...

For Devils, waste not, want not

Now what? That's the question the pulses through the minds of New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello and a legion of Devils fans after Thursday's shocking news that Ilya Kovalchuk had heeded the call of Mother Russia and returned home to a life of fulfillment in the Kontinental Hockey League. So Kovalchuk has instantly become yesterday's news...

Adam Kirshenblatt: Kovalchuk Shenanigans

This situation is beyond puzzling to me. The New Jersey Devils bent-over-backwards to make sure the Ilya Kovalchuk would be the face of the franchise for years to come. They paid a high price through trade (Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier, 1st and 2nd round picks), and they paid a high price in punishment for the contract they tried to sign him for (17 year, $102 Million), where the NHL...

“Russian Factor” Fears Leave Top Talent Unaccounted For

Categories: BREAKING NEWS Flyers News 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...

The Birth of Ilya Kovalchuk

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:   ...

Top 10 reasons why Ilya Kovalchuk is leaving $77 million on the table

You Can Also Hail A Cab That Way Kovalchuk, for those who don't know the NHL, is a 30-year-old star who retired from the New Jersey Devils today, despite having 12 years and a fortune left on the table. Why is the Russian star walking away? 10) Spending your '30s in New Jersey rather than Russia is clearly worth, um, a lot of money 9) Martin Brodeur smells like onions...

Brendan Shanahan’s Hall Of Fame Case

This is the third of my Hall of Fame cases for the male players in the class of 2013.  I have already written about Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer.  Today I turn my attention to Brendan Shanahan.  Here is what I wrote when I first considered him a Hall of Famer and here is what I wrote when he retired. In order to make his Hall of Fame case I will use the Keltner List...

Kovy Cap Circumvention Conspiracy

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 [...]

Red Wings early overnight report: ‘off-day’ prospect talk, Wings camp video, Weiss and the WingEast

While I was sleeping in after penning last night's post-scrimmage entry, MLive's Brendan Savage penned updates regarding Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and the exit of Damien Brunner, and the Red Wings' prospects, who will be taking part in morning practice sessions only on Sunday, spent their only "off-day" playing paintball and touring Camp Grayling: Continue...
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