Kovalchuk signs four-year deal in Russia

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 7/15/2013 12:03 pm

St. Petersburg, Russia (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk may have retired from the NHL, but he is not done playing hockey.

Four days after calling it quits with the New Jersey Devils and leaving about $77 million over the next 12 years on the table, Kovalchuk signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kovalchuk said in a statement last Thursday that he wanted to remain home in Russia, a sentiment he considered before returning to New Jersey after the NHL lockout ended last January.

The 30-year-old forward played for SKA St. Petersburg during the lockout and reportedly thought about staying after a new collective bargaining agreement was reached in mid-January. He was late in arriving for New Jersey's brief training camp prior to the start of the shortened season.

In 37 games with the Devils last season, Kovalchuk had 11 goals and 20 assists. He missed most of the last month of the season with a shoulder injury and the Devils failed to generate much offense in his absence during a 10-game losing streak, missing the playoffs a year after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

Over an 11-year NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers and Devils, Kovalchuk had 417 goals, 399 assists and 516 penalty minutes in 816 games.

The Atlanta franchise, which has since moved to Winnipeg, selected Kovalchuk with the first overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Devils on Feb. 4, 2010 and signed a 15-year, $100-million contract in September of that year.

Share
Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.baylorschool.org/summer
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
www.STNS.org
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
www.bojangles.com
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.