Originally written on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 10/19/14

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 02: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Devils 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In some amazingly shocking news, the New Jersey Devils announced that forward Ilya Kovalchuk has retired from the NHL.  The news is so shocking that most people thought that the New Jersey Devils Public Relations Twitter account had been hacked.  But, this is apparently reality and not a sick joke.  The 30-year-old superstar retires with $77 Million remaining on his 15-year $100 Million contract.  The contract is what costs the Devils their 1st round pick for next year, because they tried to circumvent the cap rules when they made the first contract. Remember that the #devils have to forfeit their first-round pick next season because of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 11, 2013 Kovalchuk made $53,829,023 during his 11 seasons in the NHL. He's leaving $77M over 12 years on his NJ contract. — Brian Costello (@bcostellothn) July 11, 2013 Kovalchuk had this to say about his retirement: Kovalchuk: "This decision was something I have thought a...
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