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 because he wants to be an NHL player again. Kovalchuk retired from the NHL after the 2013 season and signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The Russian winger had only completed three seasons of his 15-year, $100-million contract with the New Jersey Devils.