It turns out the complications of a potential Kovalchuk comeback may have prevented serious talks
Kovalchuk’s U.S.-based agent confirmed on Tuesday that the 34-year-old has opted to remain in the KHL for one more year.
A busy start to NHL free agency leaves unanswered questions like the destinations for Jaromir Jagr and Ilya Kovalchuk and the potential for more trades
Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four years playing in his native Russia.
The Blues, Sharks and Blue Jackets need offensive help and have been linked to the Russian winger
New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has had preliminary talks with Ilya Kovalchuk's agent regarding the former No. 1 draft pick's pending return to the NHL
There's strong belief within NHL circles that three-time All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk could make a return to North America. Continue for updates. Hurdles in the Way of Kovalchuk's Potential Return Saturday, Feb. 27 Complicated rules lie in...Show More Summary
Fact: Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid became the third-youngest player (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ilya Kovalchuk) in the last 30 years to register a five-point game. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interestingShow More Summary
The NHL remains the world's best league by a large margin, but the emergence of the KHL as a rival for superstars like Ilya Kovalchuk has had an impact on the overall quality of the league. It's impossible to say at this time that all...Show More Summary
Standing up on ice skates is really hard. Skating on ice skates is really hard. Skating and scoring a goal on ice skates is really hard. Skating and scoring a goal without looking at the goal is just ridiculous. (via @HockeyWebCast)
SKA St. Petersburg's forward Ilya Kovalchuk will be the captain of the Russian hockey team at the World Championships 2015.
Well, this is interesting. According to Justin Cuthbert over at The Score, reports have surfaced out of Finland that former Devil and Atlanta Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk may want to return to the National Hockey League. Rather, it may be more like crawling back after he unceremoniously jumped ship for the KHL following the 2013 lockout […]
Could Ilya Kovalchuk be back for the 2016-17 NHL season? Maybe. Life is an infinite series of possibilities. But Finnish publication Iltalehti (via Yahoo) says Kovalchuk could be looking to get out of the final year of his KHL contract with SKA Saint Petersburg and return to the league from which he "retired" two years ago. Show More Summary
The 2013-14 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have very few player needs to address heading into the 2014 NHL draft. The Kings will pick 29th overall — the New Jersey Devils select 30th because of a penalty from Ilya Kovalchuk's contract. Show More Summary
Let's debunk an Ilya Kovalchuk rumor. Ilya Kovalchuk is not returning to the NHL. Okay, we can't actually say that with 100 percent certainty because it is actually possible for him to come back. And you never know, maybe he'll haveShow More Summary
Largely lost in the kerfuffle surrounding the NHL trade deadline was a league announcement representing the final resolution of the Ilya Kovalchuk/salary cap circumvention mess. Essentially, the NHL announced that it was altering the...Show More Summary
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 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