Off-Season Thread (Discussion of Kovy's rights goes here for now)
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06-10-2010, 12:16 PM
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There is a high possibility that New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will return to Russian hockey in the summer, the player’s agent told Sport-Express newspaper.
Propeller Yury Nikolaev has confirmed the info that Kovalchuk, who has not signed a new contract with his club in the NHL, is now in talks with KHL side SKA Saint Petersburg.
“It is no secret. The SKA bosses and KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev all expressed their desire to purchase Kovalchuk in their interviews,” he said.
The agent also said that the $40 million sum that, according to media reports, figures in a three-year deal is unrealistic.
“The $40 million figure has been pulled out of a hat and is clearly overstated. But the information about the length of a contract is correct,” Nikolaev stressed, adding that such exaggerated reports “help them in the negotiations.”
“Ilya has a desire to play in Russia until the Sochi Olympics [in 2014],” he added.
Salavat Yulaev and another unnamed KHL team are also interested in Kovalchuk’s services, and the agent said that his client will decide on his future “by the end of June”.
Take it for what it is worth since this info is coming from his agent...
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