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Breaking: Kovalchuk retires!


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#1 KillerKat

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:06 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, retiring from the NHL to return to his native Russia.

 

The 30-year-old Kovalchuk walked away from the $77 million that was left on the 15-year contract he signed with New Jersey in 2010, including guaranteed annual salaries of at least $11 million over the next four seasons.

 

The Devils announced the news Thursday afternoon, saying that Kovalchuk alerted Lou Lamoriello, the team's president and general manager, earlier this year that he wanted to return home to Russia with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL.

 

 

http://sports.yahoo....19478--nhl.html

 

 

Wow! Must've been really home sick. I would be vomitting right now if I were a Devils fan. They've lost Parise and Kovalchuk in back to back offseasons.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

Yeah I watched the press conference.

His heart had always been in Russia.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:32 PM

Guess this could be the reason for the ridiculous contract. The front office knew this and tried to change his mind.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:39 PM

I'm glad we got our Russian though, Semin has been a breath of fresh air.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:22 PM

Kgb

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:35 AM

haha too funny, good friend of mine is a huge devils fan and he is flipping his poo right now lol 



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:45 AM

Back to the motherland to become the highest paid hockey player in the world.

What's even funnier is that the Devils have to pay $200,000 the NHL until his contract expires... It expires in 2025 lol.

If he would have waited one more year the Devils would have owed $700,000 a year to the NHL (until 2025).


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