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Newark Star-Ledger Jul 21, 2017
Ilya Kovalchuk primed for NHL return in 2018-19, report says

Ilya Kovalchuk primed for NHL return in 2018-19, report says

Former Devil Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly said 2017-18 will be his final season playing in Russia.
All About the Jersey Jul 12, 2017
Devils in the Details - 7/12/17: Camp Edition

Devils in the Details - 7/12/17: Camp Edition

Here are your links for today: Devils Links Devils Development Camp is happening this week. Enjoy those beautiful jerseys while you can. @MilesWood44, @macblackwood1, Steve Santini and @jesperboqvist were among the #NJDevils who skated during Day 2 of #NJDevCamp on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/PQpOslo66S— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 11, 2017 He’s all ours. :’) Our friend Nico on his first camp with New Jersey. He knows that making the big club isn’t guaranteed. [NHL] Ilya Kovalchuk says that one of the factors in his return to the KHL for next season was Olympic...
Five For Howling Jul 11, 2017
Tuesday’s Coyotes Tracks - Raanta Ready to Start

Tuesday’s Coyotes Tracks - Raanta Ready to Start

Antti Raanta is ready to be a starter, the lack of NHL Olympics participation contributed to Ilya Kovalchuk staying in the KHL next season, and the creator of “Brass Bonanza” has passed away. Coyotes News Where Are They Now? The retired and non-contracted players of the 2012 team - Five For HowlingToday we look at the players who aren’t playing the game any longer, by choice or by medical need. Shot Clock: Tocchet a good fit for Coyotes? - AZCentralazcentral sports' Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan discuss the Coyotes' coaching situation and the Diamondbacks in our Shot Clock...
Newark Star-Ledger Jul 10, 2017
2018 Olympics factored into Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to stay in Russia, report says

2018 Olympics factored into Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to stay in Russia, report says

The ability to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics factored into Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to play another season in the KHL in Russia and forego an NHL return, according to a report.
Oilers Nation Jul 10, 2017

The Nation Notebook: Oilers sign Jokinen, Ovi Dances, and Arbitration Cases

The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The Oilers sign Jussi Jokinen to a cheap one-year contract. Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t coming back to the NHL, at least not for one more year. A bunch of...
PensBurgh Jul 10, 2017
Pens Points: Summer Mondays

Pens Points: Summer Mondays

The league is in full summer mode now but check out the Penguins newest prospect and more on the never-ending Ilya Kovalchuk saga. Last week the Penguins added to their prospect camp, signing 22-year old forward Adam Johnson (formerly of Minnesota-Duluth) to a two-year entry level contract. [Trib Live] Fahkin' Tawmy Brady took a picture with the Stanley Cup the other day and a lot of people were mad online. [Pensblog] Paging Mr. Rutherford - due to cap restraints, Toronto appears to be needing to move a forward soon. Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak, anyone? [Pension Plan Puppets] Matt Duchene...
All About the Jersey Jul 10, 2017
Devils in the Details - 7/10/17: It's Over Edition

Devils in the Details - 7/10/17: It's Over Edition

Here are your links for today: Devils Links Just to wrap things up and make it official: Ilya Kovalchuk has signed a contract to stay with with St. Petersburg SKA for a year. Get that jersey now. [PHT] If you missed this the other day: Greg Wyshynski has a great inside look at what never was with Kovalchuk. It doesn’t sound like there was a whole lot of serious interest in trading with the Devils for Mr. Leave Your Franchise. [Puck Daddy] Goaltending coach change: OFFICIAL: The #NJDevils have named Roland Melanson goaltending coach. Chris Terreri to remain with the organization....

Ilya Kovalchuk signs one-year deal to remain in KHL

After weeks of speculation he could return to the NHL.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 5, 2017
Ilya Kovalchuk opts to wait until 2018 for possible NHL return

Ilya Kovalchuk opts to wait until 2018 for possible NHL return

Kovalchuk has been playing in the KHL after "retiring" from the Devils in 2013.
Litter Box Cats Jul 5, 2017
Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Offseason Open Forum

Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Offseason Open Forum

Cats stand pat as the summer rolls on As expected, all was quiet with the Florida Panthers on yesterday’s 4th of July holiday. One of the biggest potential prizes of this year’s free agent crop, Ilya Kovalchuk, has decided to stay in the KHL for another season. I’m not sure if the Cats were ever in the mix for the Russian sniper, but if there was interest, it will have to wait until next summer when he becomes a UFA and can return to the NHL without having to work a sign and trade with the New Jersey Devils first. There was some NHL business done over the holiday. The Vegas Golden...
Canes Country Jul 5, 2017
Storm Advisory for July 5: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory for July 5: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Hey look, the Avalanche added another number-one pick! Reading Assignments Among the signings yesterday: Nail Yakupov to the Avalanche (one year, $875,000 per Elliotte Friedman), Andre Burakovsky back with the Capitals (two years, $6 million) and Oscar Lindberg signs with the Golden Knights (two years, $3.4 million). And meanwhile, in the department of people who aren’t going to play in the NHL next season, Ilya Kovalchuk is spending another season in Russia. [NHL.com] Would Jaccob Slavin be a first-round pick if the 2012 NHL Draft were re-run today? [FanRag Sports] How much is there to...
Mile High Hockey Jul 5, 2017
Daily Cupcakes: How NHL teams are avoiding Salary Cap Hell.

Daily Cupcakes: How NHL teams are avoiding Salary Cap Hell.

In case you missed it: Colorado Avalanche Sign Nail Yakupov to a 1-year deal. [Mile High Hockey] Kostin released by KHL club, expected to sign with Blues soon. [NBC Sports] NHL free agents following NBA path in picking destination. [The Star] Ilya Kovalchuk will not play in NHL this season. [NHL] Next battle for former NHL slugger Troy Crowder: Ontario politics. [CBC] The GMs are learning: NHL teams favour stopgap solutions — and avoid salary-cap hell — in free agency. [National Post]
All About the Jersey Jul 4, 2017
No Sign & Trade for Devils; Ilya Kovalchuk to Play in KHL in 2017-18

No Sign & Trade for Devils; Ilya Kovalchuk to Play in KHL in 2017-18

Reports from Larry Brooks, Andrew Gross, and Mike Morreale confirmed that Ilya Kovalchuk will be playing in the KHL in 2017-18. There will be no sign and trade for the Devils. This post is a reaction to this news. Instead of a bang, the Kovy Affair ‘17 ended on the Fourth of July with a whimper. One of the most intriguing aspects of the New Jersey Devils offseason was something I called Kovy Affair ‘17. Ilya Kovalchuk voluntarily retired from the Devils in July 2013 to go play for SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League. The reports came out in April 2017 that he wanted to...

Report: 'Putin's inner circle' pressured Ilya Kovalchuk to abandon NHL comeback

Russian hockey writer Slava Malamud says the former Devils star was prodded to stay in the KHL
New York Post Jul 4, 2017
Ilya Kovalchuk screws over Devils for last time

Ilya Kovalchuk screws over Devils for last time

Despite the best efforts of Devils general manager Ray Shero, Ilya Kovalchuk is heading back to Russia. Shero attempted to trade Kovalchuk, and that effort intensified over the past four days. It seemed Columbus might have been a good landing spot, and same with San Jose, where the Sharks employ his former Devils coach, Peter...

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