March 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) looks on from the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Ilya Kovalchuk: Get Lost Devils


Hey, Kovy! Do you know what a contract means? When you sign the piece of paper, you play and you get paid. You don’t break the contract, pick up your stick and your skates, and then go home.

I don’t think you spent enough time talking to Jaromir Jagr before you made your “retirement” decision. He left for the KHL for three years and then came back. Oh, by the way, that’s not something you’ll be able to do.

One thing you can’t expect is a return to the NHL within a year without unanimous league consent, and you don’t have a prayer of that happening. Now after that, if you still tried to come back during the next four years, your former employer, the New Jersey Devils, would have to agree to take back their prodigal son. And if I’m Lou Lamoriello, well, maybe.

Hey, here’s what you can anticiapte when you’re tired of your reported $20 million per year to play KHL hockey. Your 35th birthday gives you the right to do anything you want without any permission from anybody.

The NY Post reported,

Ilya Kovalchuk will be removed from the “voluntary retired list” upon reaching his 35th birthday on April 15, 2018, and thereby would become an unrestricted free agent if the winger were to pursue a return to the NHL for the 2018-19 season.

This is according to Bylaw 8.5 (c) and confirmed by deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a series of emails with The Post yesterday in which the NHL clarified Kovalchuk’s status after the Devils voided the remaining 12 years of his contract on Wednesday so he could continue his hockey career in the KHL.

So the NHL will probably see Kovalchuk again when he’s 35 and some team wants to take a chance on having him skate with a Stanley Cup contender for the playoffs.

Personally, I could care less what he does. I don’t have a lot of respect for a profiteer who reneges on his commitment and tells both his teammates and his fans to get lost.

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