Yes, you read that headline correctly. Ilya Kovalchuk, only 30 years old and a scant three years into a 17-year, $102 million contract he signed with the New Jersey Devils back in 2010, has shocked the hockey world and abruptly retired from the NHL: According to a report on NHL.com, Kovalchuk seemed to indicate that he wanted to move back to Russia and live with his family there, something that would be difficult if he’s playing an 82-game season for the Devils in North America. The Atlanta Thrashers took Kovalchuk with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 Draft. He played the next seven-plus seasons there, before being dealt to New Jersey during the 2009-10 season.