Kovalchuk, who was recently stripped of his captaincy and benched in the KHL, has had some preliminary discussions about a possible return to the NHL, Aivis Kalnins of One Puck Short reports. The Devils still own Kovy's rights even after his "retirement" from the NHL, so it remains unclear what a potential return might shape up like for the 32-year-old winger, a four-time 80-point man on North American ice. For now, news of his status is worth monitoring in deep keeper formats, but no rash actions need to be taken by fantasy owners.
Ilya Kovalchuk has announced that he will retire.
The same day he announced his retirement, Ilya Kovalchuk reached agreement on a contract with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's win over Pittsburgh, giving him points in three straight games.
Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) made it through Saturday's game without incident, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports.
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