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#281 Colin226

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

hahaha Comment of the week right there.


Thanks man :cheers:
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

sure he might be saying all the right things to those that ask (playing to the russian crowd), but i'd be pretty certain that if he could finish his year in the KHL and come back to the NHL next year, he would do it in a heartbeat.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

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RE: questions regarding Ilya Kovalchuk, there has been direct and thorough communication with New Jersey Devils throughout


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

im not that good in english but if it means what i think there is no problem with kovy
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

im not that good in english but if it means what i think there is no problem with kovy


It means basically this: He's coming back and the Devils will win the cup this summer.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

From @IgorEronko

Ilya Kovalchuk: Alas, it is unreal to stay in #KHL. I have a contract with #Devils and I will stick to it. My flight is booked for Jan15


#Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk just told Sport-Express.ru that he'd be on a plane to NA on January 15. The saga has ended


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

Now let's just make sure our fans don't do something stupid like boo him on his return. That's the last thing he, and this team, needs
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

Wait and the saga is over....what do we talk about for a week?
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

Now let's just make sure our fans don't do something stupid like boo him on his return. That's the last thing he, and this team, needs


He may get a smattering, if that. If he does, Ilya should be smart enough to realize that:

1) Yet another lockout has some fans ornery and cranky and not in the mood to let some things slide,
2) His quotes aren't exactly dripping with enthusiasm with regards to coming back, which is bound to tick off some,

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3) Some of those who weren't as quick to warm to him as others will give him a hard time for this...some will interpret his quotes as him acting like he's doing the Devils a favor.

But it's like I said earlier, he plays well and it's very quickly forgotten.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Now let's just make sure our fans don't do something stupid like boo him on his return. That's the last thing he, and this team, needs


That's up to how Ilya handles this when he comes back. I think he will hear some boos but they will last as long as he is scoreless.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

From @IgorEronko


He could've said "I'm so excited to be heading back to Jersey, can't wait to join my teammates, win the cup this season etc"

Reading between the lines

"Alas...I so desperately wanted to stay...but I must head back to Jersey. Boohoo...the contract must be honored"
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

That's up to how Ilya handles this when he comes back. I think he will hear some boos but they will last as long as he is scoreless.


Exactly. He lights up the scoresheet like we all hope he will, and nobody will be booing him. I still don't think he should be made captain though. I can see this team going the season with 3 "A"'s instead of naming someone captain this year. Long term, if Zajac stays, I can see him getting it next year.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

He could've said "I'm so excited to be heading back to Jersey, can't wait to join my teammates, win the cup this season etc"

Reading between the lines

"Alas...I so desperately wanted to stay...but I must head back to Jersey. Boohoo...the contract must be honored"

I try to give him the benefit of the doubt knowing those quotes are to the Russian press for the Russian fans.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

"#Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk just told Sport-Express.ru that he'd be on a plane to NA on January 15. The saga has ended"

I didn't know he had a drug problem.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

Guys - this is why Kovalchuk has chosen to stay in Russia.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

@IgorEronko

Meanwhile Ilya Kovalchuk says he never had a dilemma where to play: he just didn't want to hurry until CBA is signed
More Kovalchuk: Medias made a mountain out of a molehill. My intention was to play in #NHL. And i'll be back in a very good shape


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Guys - this is why Kovalchuk has chosen to stay in Russia.


I don't blame him. Russian chicks are HOT!
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

Honestly this is a win win for Kovy if he comes back playing like he is in midseason form...we quickly forget and he leaves a fanbase in Russia happy...maybe Lou should start selling our Jerseys there...I hear they like Red ;-)
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

1/2: @TGfireandice: RT @IgorEronko: #KHL head Alex Medvedev says he'll be in NA in February to discuss with #Devils Ilya Kovalchuk's contract buyout to have him back in Russia.

Really? What's with these guys? Yeah sure we will buyout a 100 million dollar contract no problem so you can take our best player, that makes sense.
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