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Quick Hits: Ilya Kovalchuk Retires From The NHL!

Jim McIsaac

Red Wings News

Ilya Kovalchuk’s Retirement Could Push Devils to Damien Brunner | DSS
He may be able to cash in after all.

A Retrospective Of 2002 Red Wings: Seven Down, Four To Go | DSN

Greatest team in NHL history.

Detroit Red Wings hire several new scouts Tyler Wright, Jeff Finley for NHL draft | Detroit Free Press |

Replacing those that darted to Dallas.

Luke Glendening talks about his whirlwind 2012-13 season - MiHockeyNow & Michigan Hockey Magazine

I hope he gets at least one or two games with the Wings next season.

NHL News

Shocker: Ilya Kovalchuk retires from NHL, NJ Devils in favor of Russia | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
My first reaction to this news last night: Whoa!

Ilya Kovalchuk retires: Analyzing the fallout in both New Jersey, Russia -
Short-term: this sucks for the Devils. They're not going to be that good next season. Long-term: this is actually one of the best things that could happen for them. They won't have to deal with a much higher cap-recapture penalty than what they already have. I forget where I read it, but if Kovy retired at age 35, the Devils would receive a $3.1 million dollar cap penalty.

NHL, NHLPA jointly donate $100,000 to Alberta flood-relief efforts - The Hockey News
You couldn't have given more?

Ilya Kovalchuk will join SKA, could earn $20 million per season: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
And the tax rate in Russia is so much lower than what it is in New Jersey.

Who Will Be the Next Captain for Ottawa? (And Dallas and Tampa Bay and Columbus and Edmonton and New York and Buffalo and Calgary) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
8 teams need new captains. Who will they be?

Kovalchuk announces his retirement from the NHL | TSN
More stuff on Kovalchuk.

Jeremy Roenick blasts Ilya Kovalchuk on Twitter -
This was so funny yesterday. First of all, Kovalchuk has the full right if he chooses to do so to walk out on his contract. Anyone can do it but only a few people can afford to. 2nd, this was a family and culture decision. Sure, the money's even better in Russia, but he wants to be there and be with his family. I have zero issues with him retiring from the NHL.

So, what’s next for the Devils without Kovalchuk? | ProHockeyTalk

Jagr and Brunner have to be the top-2 guys that they go after. I'd go with Brunner but Jagr will bring more excitement, which is what this fan base needs now.

Hurricanes reach 1-year, 2-way deals with RW Palushaj, D Jordan, G Murphy - The Hockey News

Small moves can be good moves.

Gillis confident Luongo will ‘remain a professional’ | ProHockeyTalk
What if Luongo retires? Or just asks the Canucks to void his contract? It's possible.

Top 10 Franchise Players In The NHL | The Hockey Writers
I don't believe that Datsyuk or Zetterberg are "franchise" players in the sense that they carry a franchise. But they are in the sense that they represent the team and the entire organization.

Video: NHL 14 unveils ‘NHL 94 Anniversary Mode’ | ProHockeyTalk
This could actually be really neat. But it's up to EA to implement it correctly.

Clarkson will try to emulate Clark during career with Maple Leafs - The Hockey News

Why is he putting this expectation on himself? He's only going to let people down.

Andrew Ference presents paralyzed high schooler with Bruins’ famous Army jacket | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Classy, classy man.

Let's Go Red Wings!