Kovalchuk, who's been contemplating a return to the NHL, backed out of the IIHF World Championships in order to undergo surgery on his knee, Szymon Szemberg, managing director of the Euro Hockey Challenge, reports. Kovalchuk, 34, is an outstanding talent who may be best known for his signing a 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils in July of 2010, only for the huge deal to be nullified by a league arbitrator and ultimately "settling" with the NHLPA on a still-unprecedented 15-year, $100 million signing a few months later. Kovalchuk would break free from the NHL in July in 2013, spending the past four seasons with St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL, fashioning 78 points (32 goals, 46 assists) in 60 games during the regular season of 2016-17. It remains to be seen if his surgery will have any kind of impact on his mulling over a return to North American hockey.
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.
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