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ILYA KOVALCHUK RUMORS

GIF: Ilya Kovalchuk surprises New Jersey teammate with smelling salts (2012 Stanley Cup Finals)

We got to watch Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel in his battle against smelling salts this past season. Here's another funny clip that Reddit user bmac39 found while watching the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. Ilya Kovalchuk decided to surprise teammate Ryan Carter with the Ammonia Inhalants. If you didn't already know...
Via Talk Hockey
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Jersey Is a Top Puck Possession Team

In the 2012/13 lockout shortened season, the New Jersey Devils had the second best Corsi rating in the NHL despite missing the playoffs.  When Ilya Kovalchuk left to play in the KHL, many people picked the Devils to do quite poorly.  I bucked the trend and picked them to have a solid season with the addition of Cory Schneider in goal.  That didn't exactly happen.  The Devils...
Via Kukla's Korner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Devils GM squashes Ilya Kovalchuk rumors

Have you heard the new batch of rumors swirling around Ilya Kovalchuk? Summarized, it reconnects the New Jersey Devils with Kovalchuk in the very near future. The odds are extremely poor that it would ever happen, but that hasn’t prevented the rumors from persisting. Kovalchuk returning for the 2014-15 season is basically impossible and would require the consent of all of the other...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk reunited next season?

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates scoring a goal for Russia in the Olympics last February. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)NEW YORK -  Here's a hot rumor spreading on the Internet: Devils superstar-turned-quitter Ilya Kovalchuk wants a redo in time for next season and is in talks with his former NHL club to return next season. Could this be true? Or is this just a ridiculous rumor started...
Via Hockey Fan Land
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk reunited next season? Rumors dispute NHL policy

Here's a hot rumor spreading on the Internet: Devils superstar-turned-quitter Ilya Kovalchuk wants a redo in time for next season and is in talks with his former NHL club to return next season. Could this be true? Or is this just a ridiculous rumor started on Twitter by Dino Costa, a controversial sports radio host who was fired by SiriusXM last October. Well, here's...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Kovalchuk returning to the NHL next season?

Over the weekend, reports surfaced on the internet that Ilya Kovalchuk could be returning to the NHL for the 2014-15 New Jersey Devils season. But how exactly would that work, considering the current  rules? DEVILS are involved in discussions to bring back Ilya Kovalchuk…negotiations have begun, expect more news on this shortly #NJDevils — DINO COSTA (@REALDINOCOSTA) […]
Via The Hockey Report
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN?

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.

Via NESN.com
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports South
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Ilya Kovalchuk: A (Brief) Guide to Cap Recapture Penalties

Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL Thursday in shocking fashion. Adding salt to the wound will be the cap benefit recapture penalties the team now faces. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By Tyler J. Altemose (@TJamesAltemose) Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world Thursday afternoon when he formally announced his retirement from the NHL. The 30-year-old Russian winger signed...
Via The Hockey Guys
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss
SHOCKER

Ilya Kovalchuk says he's retiring

Just three years after signing a massive 15-year, $100 million deal with the Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk has shocked the NHL world by deciding to hang up his skates. 

Via Around The Rink
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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