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All About the Jersey May 20, 2017
New Jersey Devils Podcast Talking Red Episode #235: Talking Nolan

New Jersey Devils Podcast Talking Red Episode #235: Talking Nolan

Nolan Patrick. Nico Hischier. Talking Red. This episode of the New Jersey Devils podcast features discussion about Nolan vs. Nico, Ilya Kovalchuk, and interview with Justin Froese of Future Considerations that focuses on Nolan Patrick and the WHL prospects. It’s the draft season. OK, it’s the offseason. But when you’re a fan of the New Jersey Devils and that team has had the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in their eyes since, oh, March, then it’s really draft season. So David Sarch and I got together a few days ago to talk more about it. We discuss the current Nolan Patrick vs. Nico...
The Hockey Writers May 20, 2017

Possible Kovalchuk Destinations

There have been numerous reports for the past month or so that Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL. Those reports have been confirmed by New Jersey Devils’ general manager Ray Shero. Devils Ray Shero confirms Ilya Kovalchuk wants back in the NHL next season. https://t.co/66VVBK5y2m pic.twitter.com/41aSszmPKS — theScore (@theScore) May 9, 2017 As […]
Blueshirt Banter May 18, 2017
Thoughts on Thursday: Ilya Kovalchuk, Conference Finals, and GM of the Year

Thoughts on Thursday: Ilya Kovalchuk, Conference Finals, and GM of the Year

1. With Bantering Points being done for the forseeable future, I need some sort of column to keep myself busy every now and then. Granted, a weekly “thoughts” piece isn’t going to bring the hard hitting analysis that I usually intend to write, but it’s something to keep the mind fresh as the dog days of summer approach. While there’s still nearly another month of hockey left to be played, the time will come when the playoffs are over, the draft has come and gone, and the biggest news in free agency is when marginal NHLer’s get tired of waiting around for a contract in North...
Defending Big D May 15, 2017
Should Stars Consider Ilya Kovalchuk?

Should Stars Consider Ilya Kovalchuk?

Former All-Star could add depth, scoring to lineup if he returns to NHL Former NHL All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk announced last week his intention to return to the NHL after spending the past four seasons in the KHL. Kovalchuk, 34, was, and still is, a dynamic offensive forward. During his initial 13-year run in the NHL, he scored 417 goals and 816 points in 816 total games with the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils. His best season came in 2005-06 with Atlanta when he scored 52 goals. Kovalchuck, though, hasn’t lost his scoring touch. In the past four years in the KHL he has scored...
Habs Eyes On The Prize May 11, 2017
Thursday Habs Headlines: All eyes on Ilya Kovalchuk

Thursday Habs Headlines: All eyes on Ilya Kovalchuk

Here are your daily links, including the future of Carey Price, an off-season under Claude Julien, and whether the Habs might be a landing spot for Ilya Kovalchuk. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The Montreal Canadiens need offensive help, and that may make them a potential destination for Ilya Kovalchuk, along with many, many, many other teams. [SN] Elliotte Friedman also wonders whether or not Montreal could land Kovalchuk. [NHL] As the speculation ramps up, The Score also has the Habs on their list of possible teams. [Score] Bob McKenzie suggests that Carey Price’s contract...
The Hockey Writers May 10, 2017

Rumor Rundown: Kovalchuk Working on NHL Return

As is being reported by Pierre LeBrun of TSN, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said he confirmed with agent Jay Grossman that his client, Ilya Kovalchuk, wants to come back to the NHL next season and he’s looking for a possible two-year deal. As a result, Shero has given Kovalchuk’s agent permission to […]
San Jose Mercury News May 10, 2017
The NHL Show with Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper: Can the Ducks, Capitals get over the hump in Game 7?

The NHL Show with Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper: Can the Ducks, Capitals get over the hump in Game 7?

Plus: Sidney Crosby's continued concussion issues and the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.
Lighthouse Hockey May 10, 2017
Islanders News: On my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called “Footloose.”

Islanders News: On my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called “Footloose.”

Him? Islanders stuff The Thunderbirds are down 2-1 to Regina in the WHL final after a 3-2 loss last night. Mathew Barzal had an assist but was also assessed a diving penalty at a really bad time that coach Steve Konowalchuk is still scratching his head about. Game 4 is tonight. [My Northwest] Kovi, Kovi, Kovi! Ilya Kovalchuk wants back into the NHL and he’s going to have to work it out with the Devils before they end up working it out with another club. It’s complicated. [LeBrun via FanRag | Bergen Record]. On NHL Network, Elliotte Friedman lists the Islanders as one of many potential...
New York Post May 10, 2017
Is Ilya Kovalchuk coming back to the Devils?

Is Ilya Kovalchuk coming back to the Devils?

Devils general manager Ray Shero is on the verge of landing yet another asset in his team’s rebuilding plan: Ilya Kovalchuk. Shero confirmed on Tuesday that Kovalchuk would like to return to the NHL next season, four years after the former No. 1 draft pick bolted to play in his native Russia. With the Devils...
All About the Jersey May 9, 2017
July 1 is the Earliest Day New Jersey Devils Can Sign-and-Trade Ilya Kovalchuk

July 1 is the Earliest Day New Jersey Devils Can Sign-and-Trade Ilya Kovalchuk

Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie reported important details regarding Ilya Kovalchuk and his path to returning to the NHL. This news post points out the details and discusses who has leverage in this likely sign-and-trade situation (not the Devils). With all due respect to Viktor Loov getting a contract today (Aside: which surprised me at all - my quick take: Eh, whatever, it’s for Binghamton), there was some important news today regarding the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk. You know Ilya Kovalchuk. He’s the guy the Devils went well out of their way to trade for, sign for a...
CSN Philly May 9, 2017

NHL Notes: Devils contact Ilya Kovalchuk to discuss pending return to league

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero is on the verge of landing yet another asset in his team's rebuilding plan: Ilya Kovalchuk.Shero confirmed on
The Globe and Mail May 9, 2017

Devils contact Ilya Kovalchuk to discuss return to NHL

The Devils still own Kovalchuk’s NHL rights but can’t formally sign him to a contract until July 1
Newark Star-Ledger May 9, 2017

Devils GM Ray Shero: Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to NHL

Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL, and a sign-and-trade with the Devils is the most likely path.

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