HockeyBuzz- Been chasing a slew of rumors, but I was just told by a very reliable source that Ilya Kovalchuk may be leaving Russia and signing with an NHL team before Monday's trade deadline which would make him eligible for the post season...
The source contacted me just as news broke in Russia that Kovalchuk will NOT play Games 3 or 4 in his playoff series versus Lokomotiv SKA and has been stripped of his Captaincy.
The two teams Kovalchuk would most likely be signing with are NJ and Toronto from all indications.
I actually feel like he undersold this by referring to it as "rumor". This is about as done as a deal gets. Ilya Kovalchuk is either returning to the team he so callously abandoned, or the team that is run by the General Manager he so mercilessly left standing on a podium with his dick in his hand. Surprised it hasn't already happened to be honest. I know that Ilya Kovalchuk has been radio silent for awhile now, but I'm pretty sure that's just an indictment of Russia's telephone lines. I know that Eklund and his "sources" make 'The Onion' look like a reliable news outlet, but this one just makes far too much sense not to come to fruition. If there is one thing that this resilient Devils team needs it is an aging, one way, puck dominant winger on the downside of his career. I bet he has really sharpened his competitive edge by spending the last few years overseas playing against inferior competition. Nothing speaks to a person's ability to lead like being benched and stripped of his captaincy in the middle of a playoff series. Might as well just give us the Stanley Cup right now. Kovy is coming back to the states and he's going to be fresh as a daisy when he lands. Who cares that this Devils team has overachieved by playing a disciplined style hockey that is predicated on teamwork? A enigmatic 32 year old that's been doing whatever he fuck he wants in some glorified beer league no one gives a shit about for the last two and half years can obviously overcome a lack of chemistry. The mercenary is totally coming back to New Jersey, and he is totally capable of taking the Devils to the next level when he does...