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ILYA KOVALCHUK RUMORS

WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk score to tie game against Red Army

SKA St. Petersburg Official Website On Thursday night in St. Petersburg, two fierce rivalries would collide as SKA St. Petersburg played host to CSKA Moscow.  The rivalry between the two sides dates back to the days of the Soviet Union as both teams were operated by the Red Army, and both teams still have a big red star as part of their logo nearly 25 years after the fall of the...
Via Around The Rink
5 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

Kovalchuk on anti-gay laws: 'I agree'

Ilya Kovalchuk surprisingly bolted from the NHL this summer, retiring from the New Jersey Devils and signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia. It seems Kovalchuk didn't bring any of that American tendency to disagree with the government back to his homeland. Asked about Russia's vague -- but not so vaguely threatening -- anti...
Via Fox Sports
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Kovalchuk signs 4-year deal with SKA

Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract. Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. SKA did not disclose the terms of the deal with Kovalchuk in its statement Monday. SKA president Gennady Timchenko described the 30-year-old Kovalchuk as a ''real leader...
Via AP on Fox
July 15, 2013  |  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

Devils' Kovalchuk retires from NHL

Ilya Kovalchuk is retiring for the NHL. The New Jersey Devils star forward who made waves in 2010 by signing a 15-year, $100 million contract, made the stunning announcement on Thursday. "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia," Kovalchuk said in a statement. "Though I decided to...
Via Fox Sports
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ilya Kovalchuk Announces Retirement at Age 30, Leaves $77 Million on Table With Decision

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world Thursday afternoon when he announced he was hanging up his skates. The New Jersey Devils forward announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday at the age of 30. In doing so, Kovalchuk left $77 million on the table, as he still has 12 years left on a $100 million deal. Kovalchuk would have made $34.1 million combined over the next three...
Via NESN.com
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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