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Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:39 PM

Devils Ilya Kovalchuk Announces Retirement

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Kovalchuk: "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia."


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Kovalchuk: "Though I decided to return this past season, Lou was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me."


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Kovalchuk: "The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for...


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Kovalchuk (cont.): "... and our fans that have been great to me.” #NJDevils #NHL


Holy crap.

EpicDing 07-11-2013 02:40 PM

Just got the update on the Gamecenter app. Devils just got a lot weaker offensively.

Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:41 PM

Kovy quit on his team.

Now all that remains is that he'll return in 2 yrs as a Ranger fresh from FA.

NYSportsfan87 07-11-2013 02:41 PM

What the ****?

nyrpassion 07-11-2013 02:41 PM

no way

nevesis 07-11-2013 02:41 PM


Swedish Fish 07-11-2013 02:42 PM

What!???? Holy crap.

SingnBluesOnBroadway 07-11-2013 02:42 PM

Odd timing. He couldn't have let the Devils know prior to the draft and start of free agency?

Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:43 PM

i'm really elated at the thought that he'll return to the NHL as a Ranger, it would be a dream come true for me.

Callagraves 07-11-2013 02:43 PM


oh my god i'm dying

MrEctions 07-11-2013 02:44 PM

HAHAHAHA OMG, I cant stop laughing. This is ****ing awesome HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bozle 07-11-2013 02:44 PM

Incredible. Amazing. Out of nowhere.

BroadwayBlues 07-11-2013 02:44 PM

What??? lulz

Callagraves 07-11-2013 02:45 PM

Actually, after a trip to their board....I feel bad.

Not awful, but man. That's brutal.

nyrpassion 07-11-2013 02:45 PM

something has had to happened, you don't do this now. after FA, after the draft, after the main off season ****. Wow, ****.

MrEctions 07-11-2013 02:45 PM

And they dont have a first round pick this year even if they **** the bed. OMG couldnt have happened to a better organization.

ecemleafs 07-11-2013 02:45 PM

so the devils only get a 250k cap penalty every year for like ever? do we think he did this because he really didnt want to play in nhl much longer and the longer he continued to play, the bigger the penalty wud be to the devils?

Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:46 PM

lol and they still have to give up a 1st round pick.

Parise's better

Green Blob* 07-11-2013 02:46 PM


Devs are screwed now. Always hated him anyway, nice way to really **** your team!

Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by Callagraves (Post 69083417)
Actually, after a trip to their board....I feel bad.

Not awful, but man. That's brutal.

agreed. imagine how we would react if hank prematurely retired in the midst of a big contract with cap penalties for eternity.

i'm more pissed that kovalchuk is leaving the league, he was one of my favorite players.

Ian 07-11-2013 02:47 PM

Zebras don't change their stripes. Was getting tired of hearing Devils' fans preaching how this selfish (but skilled) player had taken on this "team-first identity," and how hitching their wagon on him was a good idea.

Humble pie time for a lot of them.

Parker 07-11-2013 02:48 PM

Wow. Interesting to see what kind of precedent this sets, 30 year old superstar quits NHL to go back to Russia?

MrEctions 07-11-2013 02:48 PM

Does the cap recapture still apply? If so it would make it even funnier.

Kershaw 07-11-2013 02:48 PM

i think Kovy's back is finished.

Synergy27 07-11-2013 02:51 PM

This thread is going to lead to a lot of "Rangers fans are classless" comments.

If this is true, which I still haven't bought into yet, it's crazy. A real dick move. But, it also tells you something about how a star player, who supposedly wants to win the Cup (hence crying to get out of ATL), feels about the Devils future. Things not looking too good over there right now.

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