ILYA KOVALCHUK NEWS

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
6 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Jersey Devils Offseason Review

It has been two years since the New Jersey Devils lost in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings.  New Jersey failed to qualify for the post-season in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns.  The Devils lost their two best players in that same time frame, Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild via free-agency and Ilya Kovalchuk decided to retire to move to...
Via Beyond The Benches
June 24, 2014  |  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 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 Bloguin Best
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

Devils got first-round pick back primarily because of new owners

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that he decided to give the Devils back a first-round pick in the 2014 entry draft because of new owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as the departure of Ilya Kovalchuk to Russia, but he emphasized that the topic was not part of their negotiations to purchase the club. The Devils are also getting back half of a $3 million fine...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

On the "Blessing in Disguise" of an Ovechkin Defection to Russia

Last summer Ilya Kovalchuk dropped a bomb on the NHL community (this time off the ice) when he retired from the NHL, giving up a lucrative contract in the process, and returned to Russia to play in the KHL (for another lucrative contract). His decision - which the structure of his contract strongly implied would happen someday, if not so soon - furthered the already-pervasive belief...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Former NHL Star Ilya Kovalchuck Spotted Front Row At Nets-Heat Game 4

via @SteveLepore It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ilya Kovalchuk making headlines on American soil – the former NHL star bolted New Jersey for the KHL in in 2013, three years after signing a 15-year, $100 million contract with the Devils. Apparently, Kovalchuk has an appreciation for fellow New Jersey defectors, because he appears to be a big Brooklyn Nets fan. Kovalchuk...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 13, 2014  |  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...
Via Puckrant.com
April 14, 2014  |  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
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Kovalchuk To Miss 2014 World Championships by   Steven Ellis

The Russian roster at the 2014 World Championships may have taken it’s biggest hit possible: Ilya Kovalchuk will not be available after requiring knee surgery following an injury at the 2014 Olympics. Kovalchuk was injured in Sochi in Team Russia’s final group game against Slovakia and damaged it further in a game against Norway shortly after. According to Dmitry Chesnokov, the Russian [...]
Via The Hockey House
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Why The Devils Are Missing The Playoffs

Last season the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs.  I argued that they were a better team than their record showed as they had a very good team Corsi.  In fact it was second best in the NHL.  Many people looked at the Devils as a team that missed the playoffs and had their top offensive player in Ilya Kovalchuk leave on them and saw a poor season.  Some even picked them to...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL reduces Devils' penalties regarding Kovalchuk contract

The NHL today announced Thursday it modified the penalty for the Devils being found guilty of circumventing the salary cap on Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract in 2010. The Devils were due to surrender their first-round pick this year to complete the penalty. Instead, the Devils will pick 30th (last) in the first round of this year’s draft regardless of where they finish in the standings...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Returns First-Round Draft Pick Devils Lost For Circumventing Salary Cap

The NHL punished the New Jersey Devils for salary cap circumvention in 2010 when they re-signed star forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year contract worth $102 million, of which $95 million was front-loaded into the first 10 years. An independent arbitrator ruled against the Devils, and they were forced to relinquish a first-round pick in any draft from 2011-14, pay a $3 million fine...
Via NESN.com
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL Modifies The Penalty Handed To The New Jersey Devils For Cap Cicumvention

NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL alters punishment to Devils over Kovalchuck contract

The National Hockey League is reversing part of its punishment against the New Jersey Devils for cap circumvention when they signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk nearly four years ago. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the NHL will be forgiving $1.5 million of its original fine in addition to changing its ruling on penalty regarding the first-round pick. In 2010, the Devils...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ilya Kovalchuk scores fantastic goal during loss to Finland

Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk showed off his skills early in the Russia-Finland quarterfinal game with this fantastic shot, dislodging the water bottle from the net. Unfortunately for Kovalchuk and the Russian team, it was the only thing that went well for them in their 3-1 loss to the Finns. [@PeteBlackburn] The post Ilya Kovalchuk scores fantastic goal during loss to Finland...
Via Diehardsport
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk plays on injured ankle; scores in win over Norway

Practice makes perfect?  Ilya Kovalchuk disagrees.Not in the way that basketball player Allen Iverson did in his infamous rant in response to being fined for missing practice years back, but simply because he feels that practice can't simulate game conditions - and while the Norwegian Team probably takes his remarks as disrespectful, in the end, he is correct.Kovalchuk...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Not all of the Top Olympic Hockey Players Hail from the NHL

NHL fans know all about Ilya Kovalchuk (via Russia Hockey Fans) The NHL’s presence in the men’s hockey tournament at the Winter Olympic Games has generated a great amount of excitement worldwide in the competition.  Giving the top players in the world the chance to represent their countries in a showcase tournament is a great honor for the athletes and fans.  However, many...
Via Grandstand University
February 18, 2014  |  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

Russia survives shootout with Slovakia 1-0

Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0 in the Olympic men's hockey tournament Sunday, a day after losing a shootout to the U.S. After Varlamov stopped both Slovak attempts in the shootout, Kovalchuk beat Jan Laco to seal the Russians' second win in the preliminary-round. Laco was a surprise...
Via AP on Fox
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Russia survives shootout with Slovakia 1-0

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0 in the Olympic men's hockey tournament Sunday, a day after losing a shootout to the U.S. After Varlamov stopped both Slovak attempts in the shootout, Kovalchuk beat Jan Laco to seal the Russians' second win in the preliminary-round...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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