Back in 2010, the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a frontloaded 17-year contract. It was an obvious attempt to clear cap space by sticking cheap, never-intended-to-be-honored seasons on the back end, and the NHL responded swiftly, voiding the deal and fining the Devils $3 million and first- and third-round picks. Show More Summary
It was heartbreak for Russia on Wednesday as their men's hockey team fell to Finland by a score of 3-1 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. The Russians energized the partisan crowd early with a power-play goal by Ilya Kovalchuk, but Finland answered back quickly. Show More Summary
[Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk reacts after scoring a goal against Finland during the first period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Image via Julio Cortez/AP.] Read more...
Seventy-five-years ago, Finland fended off a Russian invasion. Today in Sochi, the Russians couldn't fend off the Finnish invaders. As in 1939, the Russians struck first. Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a Russian power play at 7:51 of the first frame. Show More Summary
Russia lost to Finland 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sochi men's hockey tournament and will not medal for for the third straight Olympics. Russia took an early 1-0 lead when Ilya Kovalchuk scored just eight minutes into the game. But Finland quickly answered and tied the game 90 seconds later. Show More Summary
At one point, Alex Ovechkin was the undisputed best left winger in the NHL, getting named to the first All-Star team in five straight seasons from 2006 to 2010. Then diminishing point totals allowed the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Daniel...Show More Summary
The average NHL fan is aware of Ilya Kovalchuk's departure to the KHL this offseason. I'm sure he or she may have heard about Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov, Wojtek Wolski and Alexei Ponikarovsky signing, too. But what most don't realize...Show More Summary
Now that Ilya Kovalchuk is off to the KHL and, as Igor Eronko of Sports.ru reports, is off to a point-free start, the New Jersey Devils hope that their time without their former superstar doesn ’t start off as slowly. Kovalchuk’s sudden decision to nullify his contract and take his game, and his family, to Russia stunned the hockey world. Show More Summary
This morning I posted a couple of reactions from Team Canada's Sidney Crosby and Shea Webber to questions at about Russia's anti-gay law at a weekend press conference. Crosby and Webber both disagree with the law, but at least one.....
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It's been a very eventful offseason for the New Jersey Devils. Whether it was losing Ilya Kovalchuk, trading for Cory Schneider while hosting the NHL draft, or the arrival of new owner Josh Harris, the Devils stole most hockey headlines during the summer of 2013. There will be plenty of new faces in New Jersey in 2013-14. Show More Summary
With the sudden retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk and the signings of Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr, the New Jersey Devils are going to have a fresh look going into the 2013-14 season. Jagr has stated his interest in playing...Show More Summary
It's been two weeks since Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL—then signed in the Kontinental Hockey League a few days later—but the ramifications may last for many offseasons to come. He's the most high-profile player to make the transfer...Show More Summary
The New Jersey Devils were stunned when Ilya Kovalchuk suddenly bolted, leaving behind $77 million in order to return home to Russia and play for the KHL. Today, they’ve made a move to fill the gap, reportedly finalizing a one-year … Continue reading ?
It's been a busy July for the New Jersey Devils as they have not only undergone a major face lift but lost a franchise player for the second offseason in a row. The departures of Ilya Kovalchuk (retirement) and David Clarkson (free agency)...Show More Summary
The New Jersey Devils are not in a strong position. Ilya Kovalchuk is gone, the East has gotten markedly better in the past year and the Devils don't have their first round pick in the 2014 draft, meaning that if things completely fall...Show More Summary
Ilya Kovalchuk is not someone a team can easily replace, but the Devils will have to just that now that the 30-year-old All-Star is heading to Russia. Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world when he announced his retirement from the NHL last week, leaving 12 years and $77 million on the table to take his family home. Show More Summary
Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement from the New Jersey Devils sent shock waves through the NHL. The idea of a highly-paid superstar choosing to leave North America and joining an inferior league in the prime of his career seemed laughable just...Show More Summary
Four days after Ilya Kovalchuk's shocking retirement from the Devils, he's found himself a job. As expected, Kovalchuk's deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL was made official today. Let's see how much he'll make, and then maybe we'll stop calling his NHL retirement "shocking." Read more...
Ilya Kovalchuk, who shocked the hockey world last Thursday by abruptly retiring from the New Jersey Devils, has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, making him the first major Russian hockey star in his prime to defect from the NHL to the KHL.