Kovalchuk Heading Back To Russia
As we previously reported, barring a trade to either the NYR or CBJ, Ilya Kovalchuk has opted to return to the KHL.
Kovalchuk will return to KHL for one more season, Post has learned. Will become free agent next 7/1. Am told NJ made effort to make deal.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 4, 2017
Kovalchuk probably isn't too distraught. One more easy season for $5.5M, a free Olympic gold, a chance to sign with #NYR (or anyone) in 2018
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) July 4, 2017