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Team Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk sits on the bench during the preliminary round match against Germany at the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 5, 2013. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Kovalchuk Happy As A Clam In Russia, While Devils Struggle To Score Goals

Ilya Kovalchuk took his talents — a rare blend of skill, speed and strength — home to Russia last summer. It doesn’t sound as if Kovalchuk has any regrets about his abrupt retirement from the NHL.

01/14/2014

Martin Brodeur #30 and Ilya Kovalchuk #17 (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brodeur Says Kovalchuk Saga Is Behind The Devils

Martin Brodeur thinks the Devils are over Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden departure to the KHL.

09/11/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk Signs 4-Year Contract With SKA St. Petersburg

Kovalchuk has represented Russia at three Winter Olympics, nine world championships, one world junior championship and the 2004 World Cup. He played with SKA St. Petersburg during the recent lockout.

07/15/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kovalchuk Gives Devils And Fans The Horns Through Faux Retirement

C’mon, Ilya. Everyone can see through your disingenuous words and actions. It wasn’t difficult for you to leave New Jersey. You took the rubles and ran.

07/12/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Devils’ Kovalchuk Cutting KHL Stay Short; Damage Already Done

Ilya Kovalchuk’s desire to remain in the KHL must have burned Lou Lamoriello and the Devils up.

01/11/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Devils Believe llya Kovalchuk Will Return To Team Once Lockout Is Officially Lifted

Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.

01/08/2013