Ilya Kovalchuk RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kovalchuk benched again by KHL team

    The Score "It appears Ilya Kovalchuk's tenure with SKA St. Petersburg has come to an end - for a second time - during the KHL postseason. After leaving his club and being stripped of his captaincy during their first-round series, the 32-year-old surprisingly returned for SKA's second-round series. But..." March 13

  • Ex-Devil Ilya Kovalchuk on possible NHL return: 'We'll see'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ilya Kovalchuk didn't say yes or no when asked about his desire to win a Stanley Cup after he won a KHL championship. The former Devils star forward who "retired" from the league in 2013 spoke during the World Championships (where his Russian team lost to Team USA) and was asked whether an NHL..." May 06

  • Ilya Kovalchuk eyeing NHL return in 2016-17 season

    Yahoo! Sports "In 2013, Ilya Kovalchuk “retired” from the NHL, leaving for the Kontinental Hockey League and helping to rescue the New Jersey Devils from a potential salary cap calamity thanks to the cap recapture clause, voiding the final 12 years and $77 million US of his contract He’s now spent two seasons..." March 23

  • NHL alters punishment to Devils over Kovalchuck contract

    TSN "The National Hockey League is reversing part of its punishment against the New Jersey Devils for cap circumvention when they signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk nearly four years ago. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the NHL will be forgiving $1.5 million of its original fine in addition..." March 06

  • Kovalchuk wasn’t only Devil KHL tried to lure away; Loktionov offered $3 mil.; Zubrus contacted too

    Bergen Record "Before Ilya Kovalchuk decided to walk away from the final 12 years and $77 million remaining on his contract with the Devils and return to his homeland to play in the KHL teams from the Russia-based league also tried to lure away two other players from New Jersey. The difference was both Andrei..." September 12

  • Ilya Kovalchuk signs with SKA St. Petersburg of KHL, plans NHL return

    SI "It’s official: Ilya Kovalchuk has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The league confirmed the deal is for four years and that Kovalchuk will wear No. 17 with the club. No financial terms were disclosed, but unconfirmed reports suggest he could be making as much as $15 million per..." July 15

  • Ilya Kovalchuk could return to NHL without approval in 2018

    CBS Sports "When Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the NHL at age 30 to get out of his contract with the Devils and presumably go play in the KHL (expect official word for that on Monday), some believed we had seen the last of Kovalchuk in the NHL. Not so fast. If Kovalchuk wants to return to..." July 14

  • Blame lockout for Kovalchuk bolting Devs

    New York Post "Revenue increased on a per capita basis, TV ratings reached record levels and the NHL conducted business as usual once the Board of Governors unlocked the doors in January, but Owners’ Lockout III did indeed produce collateral damage, with Ilya Kovalchuk serving as Exhibit A. The tidal wave of..." July 14

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    New Jersey Devils @NHLDevils

    BREAKING: Ilya Kovalchuk announces he will retire. "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time."

  • Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement "Today, New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. Statement from New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello: “After many conversations with Ilya over the past year on his desire to retire from the National Hockey..." July 11

  • Jeremy Roenick rips Ilya Kovalchuk for retiring from NHL

    CBS Sports "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..." July 11

  • Kovalchuk's return gave Devils an emotional lift, if not goals

    Newark Star-Ledger "Never one to pass up a chance to rib one of his teammates, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur assessed Ilya Kovalchuk’s performance in his first game back since injuring his right shoulder on March 23. “We scored six goals and he didn’t even have an assist,” Brodeur joked. Then Brodeur added:..." April 21

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    Harvey Fialkov @hfialkov

    Big Jersey cheer for Ilya Kovalchuk when he skated on ice for warumps. First game back since shoulder inj. vs Cats 13 games ago.#flapanthers

  • Kovalchuk’s shoulder feels “much better”, he could play this weekend, no interest in shutting down

    Bergen Record "Ilya Kovalchuk seemed happy today he got a haircut Thursday. “You’ve got to look good, you know,” Kovalchuk said. “We’re going to be on national TV (Sunday vs. Rangers).” It sounded today as if Kovalchuk is preparing to go back on camera and play after missing the last 11 games with a right..." April 20

  • Ilya Kovalchuk won't play Thursday; might be done for the season

    Newark Star-Ledger "It is not something the Devils want to contemplate, but by this weekend the season could be over for Ilya Kovalchuk, captain Bryce Salvador, as well as the entire team. Neither Kovalchuk (right shoulder) nor Salvador (right wrist) will play in tomorrow night’s game against the Philadelphia..." April 18

  • Ilya Kovalchuk may return Thursday against Flyers

    Bergen Record "Right wing Ilya Kovalchuk missed his 10th game in a row with a right-shoulder injury he sustained March 23 against Florida. He did not accompany the team to Toronto but skated on his own at Prudential Center. Kovalchuk also skated on his own Sunday rather than practice with the team. Devils..." April 16

  • Ilya Kovalchuk still not ready to play for Devils

    Newark Star-Ledger "High-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t ready to drive the Devils’ stalled offense just yet. Kovalchuk, who said Thursday afternoon that he’s not interested in returning from his right shoulder injury, only to be a "passenger" on the bench, didn’t participate in Friday’s morning skate at the..." April 13

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    NHLDevilsPR @

    DeBoer on Kovalchuk missing tonight's game: "He's not close enough to help us."

  • Ilya Kovalchuk returns to the ice for Devils’ practice

    Bergen Record "Ilya Kovalchuk was on the ice of the Devils’ practice today at Prudential Center. It was his first time skating with the team since he injured his right shoulder on March 23 in the third period of a 2-1 win over Florida. As Kovalchuk stepped on the ice, goaltender Martin Brodeur exclaimed,..." April 09

  • No timetable on Kovalchuk

    Bergen Record "Right wing Ilya Kovalchuk continues to rehab his right shoulder injury, but general manager Lou Lamoriello said there is no schedule yet for him to begin skating. "It's whenever," Lamoriello said. "No timetable." Kovalchuk has missed seven games since being injured March 23 against..." April 08

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    DeBoer said Kovalchuk has begun rehabbing his shoulder and he will be back this season but "not in the near future."

  • Devils may need to acquire goal-scorer with Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is looking to acquire a forward who can add some scoring punch to a lineup that will be without Ilya Kovalchuk until just prior to the Stanley Cup playoffs. But as Kovalchuk recovers from a right shoulder injury, Lamoriello cautioned that he is not willing..." March 28

  • Ilya Kovalchuk's status unchanged

    Bergen Record "The Devils said Monday that the MRI taken on Ilya Kovalchuk's right shoulder Sunday didn't reveal anything different concerning his injury than the X-rays taken after he was hurt in Saturday's 2-1 win over Florida. So, the initial estimate provided by general manager Lou Lamoriello on Sunday that..." March 26

  • Devils lose Ilya Kovalchuk for 2-4 weeks, need more goals from Brodeur

    Yahoo! Sports "The New Jersey Devils finally got goalie Martin Brodeur back this week, winning both of his starts and watching him score a goal in his first game back. After Sunday’s news, he might have to pick up his game. His offensive game, we mean. Ilya Kovalchuk injured his right shoulder in the third..." March 24

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk will miss time after suffering right shoulder injury

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk will be sidelined for at least a short period of time-- if not longer-- after suffering a right shoulder injury with 10:53 remaining in tonight's victory over the Florida Panthers. Kovalchuk crashed hard into the end boards and did not speak with reporters after the..." March 24

  • Ilya’s key goal fuels Devils

    New York Post "Five games without a point is a mini-slump for most players. For Ilya Kovalchuk, it’s a drought. But it ended Thursday night, and the Devils won their third straight game, thanks to the spark from the supremely skilled sniper. Kovalchuk scored a tie-breaking shorthanded goal and assisted..." February 08

  • Ilya Kovalchuk-Ilya Bryzgalov rivalry started this season in Russia

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk and Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov have now battled on two different continents this season. During the NHL lockout, Kovalchuk skated for SKA St. Petersburg while Bryzgalov played for CSKA Moscow in the KHL. "I had a hat trick against him, actually, but he beat us..." January 23

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: There was never a doubt I was coming back

    Newark Star-Ledger "He showed up with a fresh, short haircut right out of the Devils' dress code and grooming manual. No sense in trying to test general manager Lou Lamoriello's benevolence again so soon. And then Ilya Kovalchuk, less than 24 hours from stepping off a plane from Russia, did what he does best. He..." January 17

  • Expect Ilya Kovalchuk to Play a Lot of Ice Time for the Devils As Usual

    In Lou We Trust "The headline is pretty straight forward. Ilya Kovalchuk will carry a heavy load for the New Jersey Devils in the upcoming 2013 season. Before getting into what would otherwise be a brief point, I'd want to emphasize that Kovalchuk will play for the New Jersey Devils in 2013. Yesterday, there were..." January 09

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk scores first goal in KHL for St. Petersburg

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal for SKA St. Petersburg in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League today during a 3-2 shootout victory over HC Neftekhimik. Kovalchuk, who is playing in the KHL during the NHL lockout, conducted a Q and A with the Russian website RIA..." October 04

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: 'We'll be better next year'

    Newark Star-Ledger "It was the ending they dreaded: Returning to a dressing room knowing their season was over and a cross-country flight to mull the comeback that fell short. The Devils' disappointment seemed overwhelming after losing the Stanley Cup finals to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. But for a few,..." June 12

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk develops rounded game

    Washington Times "Goal-scoring isn't Ilya Kovalchuk's problem. Count 'em: 406 goals in 779 NHL regular-season games. That's what earned him a 15-year, $100 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. It certainly wasn't his defense. A career minus player, mostly with the former Atlanta Thrashers, Kovalchuk..." June 06

  • Karma for Kovy

    New York Post "Ilya Kovalchuk had a decision to make two years ago when he was a free agent. The two teams he was torn between were the Kings and the Devils. Now those two teams will face one another in the Stanley Cup Finals, and Kovalchuk will see if he made the right decision. "It's actually a little weird..." May 26

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: 'It's only 2-1. The series have just begun'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk isn't worried that Game 4 against the Rangers now becomes a must-win. "It's only 2-1. We have to regroup and come back Monday," Kovalchuk said. "The series has just begun." Dainius Zubrus said he didn't sense frustration when the Devils were unable to score..." May 20

  • Healthy or not, Kovalchuk remains Devil of threat to Flyers

    Courier-Post "Word is Ilya Kovalchuk, the New Jersey Devils' most dangerous gunslinger, is playing with an injured lower back or leg, and that could be a reason he was held without a shot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a first for the Russian since Nov. 23. Hurt or not, the Flyers don't plan..." May 01

  • Kovalchuk sparks Devils

    New York Post "Move over Dubya. Ilya Kovalchuk is The Decider. Officially. The Big Shot set the NHL record for most game-deciding goals in a season with his seventh in the Devils' 1-0 shootout victory over the Avalanche at the Prudential Center. "It's an extra point, so it's important," Kovalchuk said. "If..." March 16

  • Kovalchuk learning to trust Devils teammates

    New York Post "Where once was the promise of greatness, there now are examples. It's not Trottier-Bossy, Gretzky-Kurri, but some of the plays Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk have made lately for the Devils are reminders of the wonder combos of the past. With Zach Parise, they form a super line, but coach..." February 17

  • Ilya Kovalchuk enjoying a stellar season as quintessential team player

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ask Devils sharpshooter Ilya Kovalchuk about his metamorphosis from a pure goal scorer to the quintessential team player this season and he denies such a change has taken place. He insists his current stretch of superlative hockey is how he played for nearly eight seasons for the Atlanta..." February 11

  • Kovalchuk playing like "a beast" for Devils; Parise heating up too; Henrique provides lift in return

    Bergen Record "Ilya Kovalchuk continued his torrid pace with a goal and two assists in today's 5-2 win over Pittsburgh for his third consecutive three-point game. Kovalchuk has three goals and seven assists during the team's four-game winning streak and now has 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 48 games..." February 06

  • Rinaldo put Kovalchuk in the fighting mood

    CSN Philly "When Ilya Kovalchuk and Brayden Schenn dropped the gloves in the third period during Saturday's matinee game at the Wells Fargo Center, Kovalchuk had no intentions on fighting Schenn. Kovalchuk was going after Zac Rinaldo, who knocked down Zach Parise after the whistle during the third..." February 05

  • Ilya, Devs pack punch

    New York Post "These are the games that make general managers believers. They also cause them enough horror to make them trade-deadline buyers. In the end, the Devils' 6-4 victory over the Flyers yesterday was glorious for the six-goal lead they opened and frightening because of the four they gave back in..." February 05

  • Kovalchuk feels all 'right'

    New York Post "Last year's blunder is this season's bright idea. Ilya Kovalchuk says a little communication makes all the difference. Moving lifetime left wing Kovalchuk away from the position where he earned his $100 million contract was a decision that will be forever cited among those that cost John..." December 12

  • Ilya Kovalchuk: His best and worst in one game

    Newark Star-Ledger "This was Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk at his best and worst. He was electrifying in scoring his second goal in as many games and creating several other chances, but he also made some mistakes that proved costly, including on Minnesota's critical fourth goal with 3:36 remaining. But Devils..." December 03

  • Devils coach, teammates give Ilya Kovalchuk slack for his mistakes

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ilya Kovalchuk blamed himself for the Devils' 3-2 loss to the Islanders today because of his giveaway that led to a short-handed goal in the third period. But no one threw the Russian winger under the bus for that mistake or for his third-period unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that put the..." November 27

  • Zach Parise at center with Ilya Kovalchuk and Nick Palmieri

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils held a team meeting before practicing at the Staples Center. Goalie Martin Brodeur is on the trip but did not practice. Rookie Keith Kinkaid is also still with the team while Brodeur recovers from a right shoulder injury. Winger Eric Boulton, who sat out Saturday night's game in..." October 25

  • Ilya Kovalchuk playing in all situations, logging lots of ice time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devils coach Pete DeBoer cracked up laughing when someone asked him if he felt the need to play Ilya Kovalchuk in shorthanded situations in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Nashville because the winger hadn't played enough in the game. "For me, he's earning our trust," DeBoer said of Kovalchuk,..." October 20

  • Parise, Kovalchuk power Devils' 1st win

    New York Post "The Devils' dilemma worked itself out. When two superstar forwards play left wing on different lines, one can become secondary in the shuffles of ice time, linemates and roles. The Devils' hope is that Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk instead will provide New Jersey with the two-line attack that..." October 11

  • Devils name Zach Parise captain; Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias alternates

    Newark Star-Ledger "It was no real surprise that the Devils named Zach Parise captain today. Except to Parise. "I found out before practice. We had a meeting and I found out then," Parise said. "I was surprised because I didn't know it was coming. Nobody gave me the heads-up before the meeting so I was pretty..." October 06

  • Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: Players will be on same page with Pete DeBoer

    Newark Star-Ledger "Former Devils head coach John MacLean didn't necessarily get off on the right foot with Ilya Kovalchuk. So what does the $100 million left winger think about Pete DeBoer after the first day of training camp? "I just talked to him a little bit yesterday and today. I'm very looking forward to..." September 18

  • 2011 IIHF world championships: Ilya Kovalchuk leads Russia over Canada

    Newark Star-Ledger "Did Ilya Kovalchuk knock his next head coach out of the IIHF world championships? Kovalchuk snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring at 12:19 of the third period today to give Russia a 2-1 victory over Canada and coach Ken Hitchcock in the quarterfinals of the world championships in Bratislava,..." May 13

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