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Kovalchuk Retired Effective Immediately?

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Im still in shocked.  Utter shocked.  I know some people said they saw this coming, but I honestly did not.  When I saw the news, my heart dropped.  It was racing.  I felt like I was dumped.  Such a shame.  There has to be more to it,  Just when I thought this off season was going great.

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i know his address we should all go protest in front of his house and follow him around lol

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If the NHL doesn't let its players go, the Olympics become a minor league tournament, worth a hell of a lot less money.

 

The organizers don't care, the casuals don't know who anyone is and will watch it anyway.   And the NHL can't tell its players not to go, especially if there was an expectation of them going.  The PA has a say in that and the individual European players may decide "fvck it" and go over for a couple of weeks.

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This is a blessing in disguise.

Kovalchuk had some of his worst years here. He is was improving defensively but was never a difficult player to play against.

In the short term the Devils are worse. But in the long term I believe the organization will be better by getting back to the team first approach that has been the key to the team's success.

 

 

So Zach went home, Rafalski went home, Clarkson went home and now kovalchuk went home... who's next? Loktionov? 

 

why can't Van Riemsdyk, Ryan, Carlson and wtv want to come back here... NJ really have to start producing more talent lol

 

(i know ryan was a flyers fan)

 

 

Fvck Kovy. In Lou we trust. That is all.

 

 

Yes on all above..

 

 

I am not surprised by any of this... We got Kovy's 3 best years, and we got out of a contract which will look worse each year. ...and the Devils' agree as you can see by letting him go so easily.

 

This hurst short term but will help long term... let a player who was a 25-30 goal scorer with a $6M (costs the team $10M in dollars) contract go ..

you betcha we would...

 

Makes sense for Kovy too.. play offense, no D, be a star and make much more $'s

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Having Kovy took a lot of pressure off of other players.  He took the attention of other team's top D and checking lines.  Without Kovy, Elias doesn't have the season he had last year.  The Devils desperately need to replace him some how but he will not truly be replaced.  Not everything he does for a team shows up on stat sheets.  I know some people don't understand that but anyway.... It's true.

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Having Kovy took a lot of pressure off of other players.  He took the attention of other team's top D and checking lines.  Without Kovy, Elias doesn't have the season he had last year.  The Devils desperately need to replace him some how but he will not truly be replaced.  Not everything he does for a team shows up on stat sheets.  I know some people don't understand that but anyway.... It's true.

 

Exactly, but for the opposite reason. Kovy took the pressure off of the other players and consequently when he was injured our offense went in the toilet because he became a crutch..

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It's not all about having stars. It's not all about being the team that gets standing ovations in the other teams building. This is something a team can rally around. Deboer is probably amped for the first practice for all the bulletin board material he'll get come prediction time..Cancel the locker room painters cause this year it'll be wallpapered with motivational headlines. Hockey isn't sexy, but they all get mad laid anyway. Devils won't be sexy, but they can still be a team no one looks forward to facing.   

 

If you can't tell this has actually fired me up for the season. Watching some '95 highlights to get back in to the underdog, mean, gritty, nobodies friend mode..Man, Lemieux had a dance that year...But that is the mentality they will have, and the opponents will all be like Detroit in '95 when they were looking at each other deflated down 3 goals in games 3 and 4 saying "how the hell are THESE guys beating the tar out of us!". 

 

Always had trouble with "you have to live with the bad" to get the good argument with Kovy. Never really understood why I had to live with the bad. I don't like the bad. 

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Absolutely stunned - no words at all

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Rangers suck, kovalchuk swallows?

weak

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Well, he's Russian and went home. Money is better, he'll be the best player in the league, the family will be happier, etc. I'm getting over the shock, which hurts, but no hate for the player, just disappointment thinking we were set for a fantastic season.

 

But seriously, if all you guys wishing him death and all that would take a minute to take his face out of your signatures that would be swell :)

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To quote Ilya, "Vy u hev to b so mad? Is only game!"

The universe is so humongous big, sometimes you want be close to home

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Well, he's Russian and went home. Money is better, he'll be the best player in the league, the family will be happier, etc. I'm getting over the shock, which hurts, but no hate for the player, just disappointment thinking we were set for a fantastic season.

But seriously, if all you guys wishing him death and all that would take a minute to take his face out of your signatures that would be swell :)

then he shouldn't have signed a long term contract. He disrespected the devils,teammates, the league and the fans.

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I don't think they stop a guy from playing in Sochi, but we'll see about 2018. I really don't think a player wants to challenge this.

After this year there's probably going to be a mass exodus after the Russian players don't have to worry about Sochi. IMO that's the only reason more haven't jumped, cause they do want to play in that Olympics.

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I am still taking all of this in. This is an even bigger shock then the Schneider trade. I was looking forward to the Clowe-Lokti-Kovy line or Ryder playing with Kovy. Wow, just wow. No words to express how I feel right now.

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As a NJ native who currently resides in Minneapolis, I can honestly say that the last two years have been nothing short of excruciating as a Devils hockey fan. I've had to deal with all of my Minnesota Wild friends doing triple back flips over the Parise signing. And then, on a daily basis, I have to hear about how awesome Parise is by dumbsh!! suburban Minnesota hockey fans for 365 straight days (the same fans who are now whining that the Wild doesn't have the cash to sign any top free agents). On top of everything else, just when I'm starting to feel really good about the direction of this team, I hear this on KFAN while driving home from work - mind you from the dumbsh!! radio dudes who somehow knno nothing about hockey despite the fact that they are the No. 1 sports radio show in the "State of Hockey."

 

Radio guy: "So there is a surprising retirement in the NHL to announce."

 

Me (thinking): Teemu? Brad Richards? ... Who could it be?

 

Radio guy: "Ilya Kovalchuk is announcing his retirement. He's heading back to Russia."

 

Me - (almost crash my car off the road).

 

Radio announcer two: Hey, he's pretty good, right?

Radio guy No. 1: Yeah, and some people think he's the whole reason why the Devils couldn't sign Parise.

 

Me - unfu!!ing believable.

 

 

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then he shouldn't have signed a long term contract. He disrespected the devils,teammates, the league and the fans.

Yeah, multi-millionaires in their 20's who grew up with nothing are known for making great decisions. He played hard as a Devil, and that was obvious.

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Devils have lost two tier 1 players in two years, its like the Pens losing Malkin and Crosby one after another. Such players are irreplaceable and a team has to really tank to get that kind of pick and then it also depends on that years draft. The biggest is what Devils gave up to trade Kovy and to top it off, the penalty of re-signing him.

 

One thing, Devils fans, please stay classy, none of that Kovy bashing and creating stupid graphics please. You are allowed to criticize him but dont stoop low guys. Teams go through adversity, but gosh, I have not seen any team going through the adversity Lou and Devils staff is going through right now. Need to look forward to the upcoming year.

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Seguin would have been nice had kovy bailed a tad earlier.

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I would of loved to been a fly in the room when Lou and Kovy had those talks.

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