The New Jersey Devils and the Ilya Kovalchuk conundrum

There have been growing reports the last two weeks that Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL after playing in Russia for the last four seasons. Kovalchuk infamously retired after the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup in 2012 at only 29-years-old. This retirement came after signing a 17-year, $102 million contract in the Summer of 2010. Now that Kovalchuk apparently...
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Pros and cons of Ilya Kovalchuk possibly returning to Devils or NHL

Pros and cons for the Devils surrounding a possible return of Ilya Kovalchuk to the NHL.
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2 days ago

The Calgary Flames Should Make a Play for Ilya Kovalchuk

Gaudreau-Monahan-Kovalchuk? Sounds beautiful. Last night on the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that Ilya Kovalchuk would like to return to the NHL. Kovalchuk “retired” from the NHL after the 2012-2013 season, just 3 years into a 15-year contract. This was orchestrated so he could go play in his homeland of Russia, where he would also...
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3 days ago

Is Ilya Kovalchuk eyeing a return to the NHL?

Ilya Kovalchuk is reportedly eyeing a return to the NHL after four seasons in Russia. Watch video Four years after Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the Devils and the NHL when he retired from the league to play in Russia, he reportedly wants to come back. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Kovalchuk's interest in a return...
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3 days ago

Ilya Kovalchuk is keeping his options open regarding NHL return

The Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the NHL rumor is once again upon us. Speculation on Kovalchuk’s return to the league seems to be prevalent each and every season. In 2014, the Devils were rumored to be bringing back the former 50-goal scorer. Earlier this season, rumors suggest Kovalchuk was considering an NHL return were also floated out there. So is Kovalchuk ever going to return...
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November 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Kovalchuk not going to China or NHL, will stay with SKA St. Petersburg

With the KHL set to expand into China, reports suggested that former New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk would join the team in 2016-17. Those reports are apparently false, as Kovalchuk told Aivis Kalnins of One Puck Short that he’s going to honor his contract with SKA St. Petersburg. “I have a contract with SKA for one more season,” Kovalchuk said. “It will be a pleasure...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Kovalchuk rejoins KHL club, ending NHL return rumors

After rumblings that Ilya Kovalchuk split from SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, the Russian forward rejoined the team for Game 1 of their second-round playoff matchup against Dynamo Moscow, putting a quick stop to the rumors that he’d be returning to the NHL. .@hcSKA captain Ilya Kovalchuk is back for the @khl Western Conference Semi's against @dynamo_ru @khl_eng pic.twitter.com...
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March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk scores no-look goal

By David Rogers Here’s a reminder that Ilya Kovalchuk is still really, really good. Russia was competing against Belarus during the World Hockey Championships and Kovalchuk scored a pretty awesome goal without even looking at the net. Kovalchuk drifted in and completely had the defense believing he was going to pass. One slick wrister later, Kovalchuk tallied a nifty goal and...
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May 09, 2015  |  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 in...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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