News: Ilya Kovalchuk Has Retired

Henrik Lundqvist, Anton Stralman, Ilya KovalchukThe Devils have announced that Ilya Kovalchuk has retired.

In a statement, Lou Lamoriello said “After many conversations with Ilya over the past year on his desire to retire from the National Hockey League, Ilya’s decision became official today. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Ilya and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”

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Kovalchuk reportedly wanted to be a Ranger in the summer of 2010.

He has 12 years and $77 million left on his contract.