This from the Winnipeg Sun:
It won't paste right, but the gist is that Loktionov was offered $3M in Russia and Larionov advised him to stay with NJ for what he got paid there.
This, from Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts:
8. Martin Brodeur on the New Jersey Devils: "We've lost that identity of what Devils hockey is all about ... [Ilya Kovalchuk, now in KHL,] took a lot of minutes off of everybody and everything had to go through him -- like the two-minute power play. It was hard to adjust yourself sometimes because he needed his minutes. We never had that in New Jersey. Everybody was playing on the same page. We had some great players -- Zach [Parise] -- they played the way we played ... I think we'll be able to get back to that."
9. Brodeur was one of Kovalchuk's biggest defenders while they were teammates. Was he disappointed about the departure? "Oh, definitely ... Look what [the Devils] did to get him to New Jersey. Losing some of the draft picks, some of the current players, the money that was thrown at him, for him just to walk out like that ... I know him and it's just not like him to do that. The lockout created everything -- the taste of what his life would be in Russia and he liked it ... But it affects us, so that's why I'm disappointed ... As a guy, he's a great guy, still going to have a lot of fun with him, but at the end of the day, it's a tough one for what the organization did to get him."
There's more about Kovalchuk in the article, but those are the most relevant NJ quotes. Some sour grapes, but Brodeur can't really mention cap hits and the like.
Edited by Triumph, 09 September 2013 - 02:23 PM.