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Ilya Kovalchuk finally arrived as Devils camp yesterday and needless to say, he is soooooo happy to be back in the NHL. The KHL? Those brown paper bags filled with off-the-books bookoo bucks? What?! He never wanted to stay there! He doesn't know where you guys are getting that from.

Look, I haven't been bothered by this story from the outset. I understood the whole political wrangling of it all -- the KHL asking Ilya and the rest of "The Russian 4" (Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin) to help their native league make a statement to the big, bad NHL. Then there's the allure of playing at home, in front your family and friends and the fact that the KHL can pay him a lot more than the NHL can -- on the books and otherwise.

But then Kovy decided to go and play dumb today at the Prudential Center and that got me all sorts of riled up. It's just all so damn disingenuous and ridiculous.

Tags: Alexander Medvedev, Analysis, CBA, contract, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Russia, Vladimir Putin
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It's another day and that means it's time for another round of As the KHL Turns, starring Ilya Kovalchuk, Lubomir Visnovsky and KHL President Alexander Medvedev. When we last left them yesterday, Kovalchuk was playing coy about whether or not he would stay in Russia, Visnovsky wanted to stay, and Medvedev's League was saying it would honor NHL contracts and boot players back across the Atlantic. Then Medvedev apparently got on his soapbox and told Slava Malamud from Sport-Express in Russia the following:

"NHL's opinion of itself is so high... OK, let them get drunk on their greatness. We'll see how many Euros look our way... Our league will act according to our own and international rules. If players decide to stay, we will help them... [Not going to Sochi] will be a big financial loss for NHL.. If they decide differently, that's their problem."

So, that's something a little different. We'll see if the KHL's actions follow Medvedev's words or not. I've thought all along the KHL wouldn't start a war over just Visnovsky, but now that Kovalchuk is in limbo and then this shot-across-the-bow from Medvedev, maybe a war is just what they want.

Tags: alexander medvedev, Islanders, lubomir visnovsky, News, Editorial Aside, Prospects, ryan strome
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