Ilya Kovalchuk RUMORS & NEWS

  • Ilya Kovalchuk says next KHL season will be his last

    Sportsnet "Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to the NHL may not have worked for the 2017-18 season, but he’s determined for that to change in a year’s time. Speaking to Russia-24 TV channel, and translated by Sport-Express hockey writer Igor Eronko, Kovalchuk said the upcoming season will be his last in the KHL..." July 21

  • Ilya Kovalchuk: Playing for Russia in Games factored into call to return to KHL

    ESPN "Ilya Kovalchuk signed a one-year contract to remain with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Sunday and said representing Russia in the Olympic Games was a key factor in his decision. If Kovalchuk had returned to the NHL for the 2017-18 season, he wouldn't have been able to..." July 10

  • New Jersey Devils didn't get a single trade offer for Ilya Kovalchuk

    CBS Sports "It could not have been too surprising when Ilya Kovalchuk opted to return to the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2017-18 season. The former Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils forward was apparently hungry for a return to the NHL, where he once landed a $100 million deal as one of the..." July 10

  • Ilya Kovalchuk signs one-year deal to remain in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ilya Kovalchuk will remain in the KHL — at least for one more year. This follows reports earlier this week that the scoring forward was going to return to Russia for the upcoming season. The KHL announced Sunday that Kovalchuk will stay with St. Petersburg SKA for the 2017-18 season,..." July 09

  • Did Devils drop the ball in not trading Kovalchuk?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Amusingly enough, as great as Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils’ run of recent trades has been, reportedly failing to move Ilya Kovalchuk overshadows those successes (at least in the eyes of some fans). The way the CBA works out, Kovalchuk could be a UFA next summer, so in failing to trade..." July 05

  • Devils’ demands for Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly too high

    Larry Brown Sports "Ilya Kovalchuk was mulling a return to the NHL, but he decided to remain in the KHL for another year. According to one report, the New Jersey Devils’ demands were too high, and that led to Kovalchuk wanting to remain in Russia. Sport-Express’ Igor Eronko shared the information on Kovalchuk..." July 04

  • Ilya Kovalchuk situation will be resolved soon, Devils GM says

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils expect the near-term future of forward Ilya Kovalchuk to be resolved soon, general manager Ray Shero told Northjersey.com on Saturday. "I don't think this stretches on for real long," Shero said. "I'll have more conversations with (agent) Jay Grossman in the next day, the..." July 02

  • Kovalchuk decision won't come until at least Monday

    TSN "Ilya Kovalchuk news will likely have to wait at least a couple days. According to a report from KHL reporter Slava Malamud, Kovalchuk's agent said the Russian star will not make any decisions until at least Monday. Kovalchuk, 34, hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened..." July 01

  • Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly still seeks return to NHL, and here are three likeliest suitors

    CBS Sports "Talk of a return to the NHL by ex-New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk has heated up as the expansion draft and free agency draw near. Reports out of Russia have indicated Kovalchuk might stay in the Kontinental Hockey League, but Devils general manager Ray Shero cited assurances from..." June 17

  • Ilya Kovalchuk still interested in returning to the NHL

    Sportsnet "Any hopes of former New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the NHL are still alive and well, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “There were reports this week that Ilya Kovalchuk would stay in the KHL and not come back to North America,” Friedman said during Saturday..." June 04

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