When Ilya Kovalchuk shocked everybody by announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday so he could head back to Russia, the range of reactions ran the gammut. Many were simply left speechless, others laughed and others still said this was actually good for the Devils in the grand scheme of things.

Then there were the angry reactions and Jeremy Roenick hit that reaction perfectly. The following is what the former NHL forward and current TV analyst had to say about Kovalchuk's decision.

Don't hold back now, J.R.

Roenick will never be confused for somebody lacking passion so this kind of outburst isn't unexpected or out of character. It's one of the things a lot of people love about him and what does make him at least entertaining to watch on TV.