ILYA KOVALCHUK RUMORS

Panthers win draft lottery, will pick first overall in upcoming draft

On Tuesday evening, the NHL Draft Lottery took place in Toronto. After the dust settled, the Florida Panthers won the lottery and will pick first in June’s NHL Draft which will take place in Philadelphia. While the New Jersey Devils did not qualify for the playoffs, they will be picking 30th in the first round of this year’s draft. This is due to the NHL giving New Jersey back...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kovalchuk's First Year Back

One of the big stories, perhaps the biggest, involving the KHL in the Summer of 2013 was the return to the league of Ilya Kovalchuk.  The New Jersey Devils star unexpectedly announced his retirement from the NHL, and signed a contract only a day or so later with SKA St. Petersburg, with whom he had spent time during the NHL's 2012-13 lockout and where he was promptly handed...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world last summer when he retired from the NHL and signed with SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL the following week. Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin be next? From TSN: On Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on the NHL on TSN, (Pierre LeBrun) reported that there were whispers out of the KHL that one of the clubs may try to approach...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk misses practice to rest

Ilya Kovalchuk missed Russia's final practice before the qualification round. Russian hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov told reporters Monday that the forward was resting and not injured. Kovalchuk missed the final minutes of the second period in Sunday's win over Slovakia after appearing to hurt his right ankle. He returned and played in the preliminary-round game, scoring...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 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
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...
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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

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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