Tags: Blues, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, New Jersey Devils, Russia, St. Louis Blues, The Lou, Tweets, Vladimir Tarasenko
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
Tags: Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, Video, Training Camp, Watch
All players are required to report to camp before January 14th at 10:00 AM.— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) January 13, 2013
Tags: CBA, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils
Tags: Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Poll, SKA St. Petersburg
In an interview with Sportbox.ru, SKA GM Alexei Kasatonov says he will "do everything possible" to keep Ilya Kovalchuk in the KHL. #NJDevilsKasatonov, ironically a former Devil, is taking the only public stance he can. We're not buying the idea that Kovalchuk won't honor his NHL contract when push becomes a strongly worded shove from Gary Bettman and the IIHF. The only interesting part of this whole case will be whether Kovy really tries to play in Sunday's KHL ASG after the CBA has been ratified by his union and whether the NHL and/or the Devils decide to reprimand him.
? Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) January 10, 2013
Bettman was asked if Kovy would be in violation if he played in KHL All-Star Game. "We'll deal with that if it happens."Consider it a not-so-subtle shot at the KHL and Russian officials. According to his agent, Pavel Datsyuk got clearance from the Red Wings to participate in the game, but we haven't seen anything close to that from the Devils or Kovalchuk's reps. Also, don't underestimate how much this situation ties into future negotiations regarding player participation in the Olympics. It's no secret how important the Sochi games are to Russian players and the NHL is obviously not above playing hardball if it's backed up against a wall by the KHL.
? Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) January 9, 2013
Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Kovalchuk Saga, lockout, NHL
Now comes this from the KHL's VP of Hockey Ops (via Dmitry Chesnokov):
Kovalchuk received an offer [to play in the All Star Game] and is going to Chelyabinsk. Because the lockout is not officially over, the CBA will not be signed until Sunday.