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07-11-2013, 02:39 PM
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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
http://devils.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=677775

Holy crap.

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

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Kovy quit on his team.

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

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What the ****?

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no way

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Hahahahaha!!!

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What!???? Holy crap.

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

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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.

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Lol

oh my god i'm dying

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

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What??? lulz

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


Not awful, but man. That's brutal.

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

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

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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?

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07-11-2013, 02:46 PM
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lol and they still have to give up a 1st round pick.

Parise's better

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH That is GREAT!!!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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i think Kovy's back is finished.

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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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