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Kovalchuk headed to SKA St. Petersburg

Per Tom Gulitti Fire and Ice Blog

SKA St. Petersburg of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League announced on its website today that Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk will sign with the team Tuesday. The team plans to make the official announcement of the signing at a Tuesday news conference.

Kovalchuk, 29, would sign a contract that would allow him to return to the Devils when the NHL lockout is over. SKA St. Petersburg tried to lure Kovalchuk to the KHL when he became an NHL unrestricted free agent in 2010 before he re-signed with the Devils.

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So let me get this straight. 
There are three groups who suffer from the lockout.  The owners, the players, & the fans.

But only the owners are the ones who do not get paid.
And only the fans are the ones who do not get to watch hockey.

How are the players hurting from the lockout again?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 09/17/12 at 02:55 PM ET

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Owners can get paid if they want to, the players wanted to continue to play while negotiating.  The owners made the decision they’d rather not get the money (and they ARE getting paid 200m by NBC) and lock the players out instead.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/17/12 at 03:14 PM ET

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Ilya Kovalchuk’s 2012 NHL Salary: $11,000,000

Ilya Kovalchuk’s 2012 KHL Salary: ??? (I would be shocked if it were anything approaching $11M)

Also, I’m pretty sure that if you wanted to, you could find a way to watch SKA St. Petersburg play with Ilya Kovalchuk in their lineups.

The owners locked the players and the fans out, now the players’ option is to sit at home or to take less money to play elsewhere and the fans’ option is to watch no hockey or watch lesser hockey elsewhere.

Ilya Kovalchuk is going to have a job playing hockey because he is an exceptional hockey player, one of the world’s absolute best. He would be getting ready to play in the world’s absolute best leagues right now if the owners hadn’t told him not to.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/17/12 at 03:29 PM ET

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But only the owners are the ones who do not get paid.

I guess technically they aren’t getting paid (unless you count the piece of the $200M they’re getting from NBC) but they’re all getting to keep between fifty and seventy million dollars that they would be paying out.  I guess they’re losing much, much more than the players who would be making between a few hundred throusand and a couple million.

Right?

Posted by Garth on 09/17/12 at 03:40 PM ET

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