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Report- Ilya Kovalchuk Will Stay In The KHL

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bigdee89's avatar

Once he found out he can’t participate in Olympics he probably said forget it.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 07/04/17 at 08:36 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Wonder if it just was an issue where njd couldn’t get a team to agree to the trade given his terms.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/04/17 at 09:40 PM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

He made it clear he doesn’t want to play for nj when he bolted however many years ago and nj wasn’t gonna do him any favors and give him away after he left them high and dry

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/05/17 at 07:50 AM ET


Reports last werk were, he was using NHL as leverage in xontract negotiations.

Id bet its true.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/05/17 at 08:10 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah I don’t think he ever had any intention of coming back to the NHL.

He’s been out long enough now that there really isn’t any coming back.  It’d take a long time for him to readjust to the NHL, and he’d struuuuuuugle.

He’s content to be a big fish in a small pond.

Posted by Primis on 07/05/17 at 10:57 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Well whether he ever comes back or not, I’m guessing he’ll be floating that possibility again next year, come contract time

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/05/17 at 11:21 AM ET


I seem to recall reading that when he ‘retired’, it would require the approval of ALL NHL teams for him to return, even to NJ.  Is that not true?

Posted by cantskate on 07/05/17 at 05:59 PM ET


I seem to recall reading that when he ‘retired’, it would require the approval of ALL NHL teams for him to return, even to NJ.  Is that not true?

The Devils retain his rights (essentially, for lack of remembering the exact terminology) until he’s 35, so he could sign with them without any penalty, but if he wanted to sign with any other team they would need the approval of every other team. That’s why if he was going to return he had to sign with the Devils and then either play for them or be traded.

I believe that he’ll be 35 in April, so next year if he does decide to come back to North America, he’d be a regular free agent, able to sign with anyone.

Which he could use for even more leverage against any KHL suitors, should he choose to do so.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/06/17 at 09:28 PM ET

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