9:16AM: Genadi Boguslavski tweeted "Kovalchuk will play today in Kazan. Some sources close to SKA say he could stay in Russia"
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported on twitter that there have been rumors of Kovalchuk staying in Russia, but he hasn't been able to confirm them.
The Devils told McKenzie that they haven't heard any news about Kovalchuk not returning to New Jersey.
Darren Dreger of TSN spoke with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly who said "we have no reason to believe the KHL will let them play. It would be inconsistent with our agreement with them."