Report: Ex-Devils Star Ilya Kovalchuk Considering A Return To The NHL In 2016-17Ilya Kovalchuk, who once walked away from a massive, long-term contract so that he could go home to Russia, now is reportedly considering a return to NHL in the not-too-distant future.
Kovalchuk Happy As A Clam In Russia, While Devils Struggle To Score GoalsIlya 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.
Brodeur Says Kovalchuk Saga Is Behind The DevilsMartin Brodeur thinks the Devils are over Ilya Kovalchuk's sudden departure to the KHL.
Former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk Signs 4-Year Contract With SKA St. PetersburgKovalchuk 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.
Hartnett: Kovalchuk Gives Devils And Fans The Horns Through Faux RetirementC'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.
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.
Devils Believe llya Kovalchuk Will Return To Team Once Lockout Is Officially LiftedKovalchuk, 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.