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.
Jagr Debating Whether First Season With Devils Will Be His LastDevils winger Jaromir Jagr hinted on Facebook that this might be his last NHL season.
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: 'Hobbit' Zuccarello Making A Difference In Rangers' Playoff PushMats Zuccarello's overtime-winning shootout goal could go a long way in determining how high the Rangers finish in the Eastern Conference.
Hartnett: Pint-Sized Zuccarello Will Help Address Rangers' Scoring WoesAffectionately nicknamed “The Hobbit” by some, Zuccarello is a gifted offensive talent whose quick-moving legs, remarkable vision and skills on the puck can cause problems for any defense.
Agent: Lubomir Visnovsky Will Report To Islanders By Feb. 11The agent for suspended Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky says he will report to the team by Feb. 11.
Isles' Visnovsky Remains In Slovakia; Frustration Begins To Brew As Season Nears"(Visnovsky) will not be allowed to play in the KHL without the Islanders' consent," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Lamoriello Never Had Concerns About KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk will be back in the United States Tuesday and practice with the Devils on Wednesday.
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.
Monzo: I Live For Hockey And I Love The Rangers -- But I Hate The NHLFor all you hockey fans, I know that you will be back, as will I. But for the rest of the country, the NHL's existence is just a nasty rumor at this point. It's a joke on both ends. I hate the NHL.
Hartnett: NHL Is On The Verge Of A PR NightmareA large part of Bettman's role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He's failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
Hartnett: NHL Stars Bolting For Europe, Expecting Long LockoutSome of the NHL's biggest stars are rushing to Europe with no end to the lockout in sight.