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Ilya Kovalchuk | Winger

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230

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Ilya Kovalchuk isn't ruling out the possibility that he'll eventually return to the NHL.
Kovalchuk has two years left on his contract with SKA St. Petersburg though, so you shouldn't count on him coming back anytime soon. Kovalchuk left the Devils after the 2013 shortened campaign and he helped St. Petersburg win its first title this year. He also turned 32 in April, so keep in mind that if he returns to the NHL, he will be past his prime. May 5 - 6:01 PM

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SKA St. Petersburg won their first KHL title on Sunday.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals in the series clinching win over AK Bars Kazan. St. Petersburg has one of the highest payrolls in the KHL but it's the first time they even make it to a final. It's been a tough season for the KHL, as they have gone through some financial trouble. Several teams are reportedly considering pulling out of the league next season.
Apr 19 - 2:32 PM

New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello and owner Josh Harris confirmed that a return for Ilya Kovalchuk hasn't entered their minds since he left the team.

"I'll answer that the best way you can. He cannot come back until he is 35," Lamoriello said. "He's (31) now. You'd never look at someone coming back at 35 when he's (31)." Kovalchuk can't come back before 2018-19 so the rumors that the two sides were working toward getting something done aren't true. He registered 16 goals and 40 points in 45 games with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL last season.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Don't read too much into the rumors that Ilya Kovalchuk might return to the New Jersey Devils for the 2014-15 campaign.

Even if Kovalchuk wanted to as the rumors suggest, that doesn't mean that he can. Because he got out of his NHL contract by "retiring," he would only be allowed to return before 2018-19 if he gained the unanimous support of all 30 NHL clubs. It seems unlikely that teams like the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers would just stand aside and let the Devils get back Kovalchuk though.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Ilya Kovalchuk scored Russia's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Finland in Wednesday's quarterfinals match.

He opened the scoring with a bullet shot on a first-period power play, but Finland rallied with three unanswered goals to earn the victory. Kovalchuk had three goals in five Olympic games. Pavel Datsyuk picked up an assist on the play.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Ilya Kovalchuk didn't participate in Monday's practice as a precaution, but he's expected to play Tuesday against Norway.

He sustained what appeared to be a lower-body injury in the second period of Sunday's match against Slovakia, but he managed to return to help Russia win in the shootout.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the shootout winner for Russia in their thrilling 1-0 victory over Slovakia on Sunday.

The star winger has excelled in the shootout this tournament, going 3/5 and showing off some terrific moves. He's settled into a top-six role on the talented Russian squad, playing with Alexander Radulov and Pavel Datsyuk on the second line. He has one non-shootout goal to his credit in three games so far.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk appears to be happy with his decision to play in the KHL this season after retiring from the NHL.

"I'm really enjoying everything here," Kovalchuk told The Associated Press after Saturday's KHL All-Star game. "It's a great league. The game is different, but we are getting there. There are good players here for sure." He has registered 14 goals and 36 points in 38 games with SKA St. Petersburg this season. Kovalchuk will get a chance to play against some NHL competition during the Winter Olympics when he plays for Team Russia.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk currently sits eighth in KHL scoring with 13 goals and 33 points through 31 games.

Choosing to retire from the NHL and terminate his mega-contract with the New Jersey Devils last summer, Kovalchuk joined SKA St. Petersburg and has been a huge help so far. SKA is in second place in the 28-team KHL with a 26-9-2 record and have scored the second most goals in the league. Meanwhile, New Jersey is currently in 25th place in the NHL and 26th in goals scored.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:56:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk said the possibility of eventually returning to the NHL is not on his mind.

"I am not going to Russia to start thinking about coming back to the NHL," Kovalchuk said. He signed a four-year deal with KHL St. Petersburg after retiring from the NHL to get out of his contract with the New Jersey Devils. Returning to the NHL would be a complicated process for Kovalchuk given the way he left, but that issue isn't likely to come up for years, if ever.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk has officially agreed to terms with KHL St. Petersburg.

This move has been widely reported since Kovalchuk first "retired" from hockey last week. At the end of the day, what basically happened is that Kovalchuk got out of the final 12 years of his contract with the New Jersey Devils so that he could continue his career at home. Although Kovalchuk left $77 million on the table when he ended his agreement with the Devils, there have been reports to indicate that Kovalchuk will actually benefit financially from this move.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Ilya Kovalchuk isn't expected to officially sign with KHL St. Petersburg on Friday.

It looks like that move will happen on Monday instead. Kovalchuk retired from the NHL and thus walked away from $77 million over 12 years. That being said, he should be well compensated in the KHL. In fact, it's entirely possible that he'll end up making significantly more money by bolting to Russia.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to join the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA.

That's the same team that Kovalchuk played for during the lockout. Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world on Thursday with his announcement that he would retire from the NHL and thus walk away from the $77 million still left on his 15-year, $100 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. It's not yet known how much Kovalchuk will earn in the KHL, but it will probably be substantial. The Devils will endure a cap penalty of $250,000 through 2025 due to the cap recapture clause. They also don't have a first round pick in 2014 because they were punished over their first attempt to sign Kovalchuk, which was voided because it circumvented the salary cap.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 05:16:00 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk has signed his retirement papers.

And with that, Kovalchuk has officially voided his contract with the New Jersey Devils. He has left $77 million of his 15-year, $100 million contract by deciding to retire, although he is allowed to continue his career in the KHL if he so chooses. Meanwhile, the Devils don't have a first round pick in 2014 as a result of their first attempt to sign Kovalchuk, which was ruled as an attempt to circumvent the salary cap. The Devils will also deal with a cap penalty of $250,000 through 2025 due to the cap recapture clause.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 04:37:00 PM

The New Jersey Devils might face a $250,000 annual cap penalty through 2025 due to Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement.

That would be due to the cap recapture clause in the new CBA which retroactively impacted long-term, front-loaded deals signed before the lockout. On top of that, the Devils will lose their first round pick in 2014 as punishment for their initial failed attempt to sign Kovalchuk, which resulted in the 15-year, $100 million deal that he ultimately agreed to. Needless to say, Kovalchuk's retirement hurts them in more ways than one.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 03:56:00 PM

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