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PensBandwagonerNo272 07-11-2013 03:42 PM

So Kovalchuk just retired
 
BREAKING: Ilya Kovalchuk announces he will retire. "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time."

via Devils twitter

PensBandwagonerNo272 07-11-2013 03:45 PM

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=6...d=nhl:topheads

Nfumass 07-11-2013 03:46 PM

Popped up on my phone from gamecenter app. Shocked, doesn't make any sense.

Tek_Jansen 07-11-2013 03:48 PM

This has to be one of the more shocking events I can ever remember in the NHL. Wow... if the devils can't get that pick back it make it even worse as they're almost certainly a lottery team without him.

Til the End of Time 07-11-2013 03:49 PM

i like the devils but man that is absolutely hilarious.

Shockmaster 07-11-2013 03:49 PM

The Devils should have forfeited the 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Now they have to forfeit their pick in the 2014 draft. They're going to be in a lot of trouble over the next few years.

Scandale du Jour 07-11-2013 03:50 PM

I will unretire mid-season and join a KHL team... No way he misses the Olympics in his home country.

BlindWillyMcHurt 07-11-2013 03:50 PM

Absolutely insane.

I can only assume this is his slimy way of wriggling off to the KHL. Though I suppose simply assuming that isn't entirely fair.

This really, really screws the Devils. To think that they built their team around this guy, gave up all of those picks because of his asinine contract and potentially even chased away Parise, in the process.

mpp9 07-11-2013 03:51 PM

What a piece of ****.

Common Sense 07-11-2013 03:52 PM

Jesus Christ I feel terrible for those fans.

Cardboard Orpik 07-11-2013 03:53 PM

Effing bonkers.

Ugene Malkin 07-11-2013 03:55 PM

I feel bad for the Devil fans, but that's just hilarious.

PensBandwagonerNo272 07-11-2013 03:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JordanStaal#1Fan (Post 69084171)
I will unretire mid-season and join a KHL team... No way he misses the Olympics in his home country.

I'd say there's no doubt he goes to the KHL and plays in the Olympics next season.

By retiring he basically gives up his contract, but the Devils lose his rights.

He can't play for an NHL team, but he can do whatever he wants otherwise.

ColePens 07-11-2013 03:56 PM

so did he just dupe New Jersey because he had a front loaded contract? is there a loophole that he can go back to the KHL? Im on mobile so sorry for auto corrects

remember. ... that contract was front loaded so he made out nicely right?

PensBandwagonerNo272 07-11-2013 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ColePens (Post 69085235)
so did he just dupe New Jersey because he had a front loaded contract? is there a loophole that he can go back to the KHL? Im on mobile so sorry for auto corrects

For sure. In his statement Lou says he's brought it up before. I'd say this was definitely at least in his thoughts for a long time.

Dirty. Absolutely dirty.

leafspensfan 07-11-2013 03:58 PM

I feel bad but I honestly just started laughing when this popped up

mrzeigler 07-11-2013 03:58 PM

this is ****ing insane. jesus christ.

mrzeigler 07-11-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shockmaster (Post 69084057)
The Devils should have forfeited the 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Now they have to forfeit their pick in the 2014 draft. They're going to be in a lot of trouble over the next few years.

Wait ... is this fact?

Shrimper 07-11-2013 03:59 PM

Just a reminder that he left $77m on the table.

Scandale du Jour 07-11-2013 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shrimper (Post 69085513)
Just a reminder that he left $77m on the table.

He will get it back, tax free, in the KHL. He didn't "leave" anything behind.

66-30-33 07-11-2013 04:00 PM

So he will retire for a year, come back and sign with the Pens to play with Malkin? then Pens get hated even more?

Shockmaster 07-11-2013 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrzeigler (Post 69085497)
Wait ... is this fact?

Yes. They had three chances to forfeit the pick in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Devils chose not to do so those years. Now they have no choice but to forfeit their first round pick in 2014.

mpp9 07-11-2013 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ColePens (Post 69085235)
so did he just dupe New Jersey because he had a front loaded contract? is there a loophole that he can go back to the KHL? Im on mobile so sorry for auto corrects

remember. ... that contract was front loaded so he made out nicely right?

His biggest salary years were this past season until 2017-2018. Averaging around 11 mil.

Common Sense 07-11-2013 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 66-29-33 (Post 69085737)
So he will retire for a year, come back and sign with the Pens to play with Malkin? then Pens get hated even more?

I know you're being sarcastic but doesn't this make him ineligible to come back for 4 or 5 years?

Scandale du Jour 07-11-2013 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shockmaster (Post 69085865)
Yes. They had three chances to forfeit the pick in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Devils chose not to do so those years. Now they have no choice but to forfeit their first round pick in 2014.

They should have forfeited their pick in 2012 instead of drafting a nutcase at 29th overall.


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