When I first heard that Ilya Kovalchuk was retiring and going back to Russia to play in the KHL I was shocked. It was totally out of the blue, I was blown away and I felt that there was no way it could be true. Once I got past the denial I kept wondering why he did it.
At 30, it’s not like he is over the hill. I guess he’s gung ho about playing in Russia or wants to be with his family. I’m just amazed he is leaving $77 million on the table. Maybe there are other personal or family issues that we don’t know about.
Apparently, the Devils knew that there was a good chance he might do this and they were warned that this could happen but I really thought the organization would talk him out of it. It just goes to show that these days you can’t predict anything.
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