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07-14-2013, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Havent seen this anywhere.

...and even if it were true, all 30 teams need to approve his return to the NHL - that obviously includes the Devils.

Translation: he wont be back
I'm sure this link is in here already:
He would not be able to return to the NHL without unanimous consent of the league’s member clubs before 2018-19 unless he were to sit out for at least one calendar year. If Kovalchuk were to sit that long within the next four years, he would then need the Devils’ permission to rejoin the NHL.
it sure sounds to me like he can return in 2018-2019 as a UFA without consent (aka 35 years of age).

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