Troy McClure wrote:Knives Out wrote:Kovalchuk is staying in the KHL for one more season LOL.
Has there been any insight into this? Did no NHL team want to pay what he wanted? Did the Devils want too much in trade?
https://sports.yahoo.com/behind-scenes- ... 58967.html
Kovalchuk wanted to return to the NHL for the 2017-18 season, but there was one giant obstacle to overcome: Since he was on the NHL’s voluntary retirement list, the Devils were the gatekeepers for that comeback, retaining his rights for another year. They would either sign him and trade him, or Kovalchuk would return to the KHL for one more season and then become an unrestricted NHL free agent in Summer 2018, per the collective bargaining agreement.
In other words, the Devils would get something for him, or lose him for nothing.
Shero glanced down at the text message. Someone was inquiring about a rumor they had heard: That Shero, the Devils’ general manager, had been offered a first-round draft pick from the New York Rangers in exchange for Kovalchuk, and that Shero turned them down.
“That was a lie,” said Shero on Thursday.
“I never turned down a first-round pick. I never turned down a seventh-round pick. I never turned down anything. Why? It’s really simple: There was nothing to turn down.”