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Ilya Kovalchuk will reportedly be late to Devils camp

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10:13 AM ET 01.12 | Ilya Kovalchuk reportedly has a plan for when he will return to the Devils, but it's not exactly the answer the team wanted to hear. According to the Russian news outlet Sport-Express, Kovalchuk said yesterday he will fly to New Jersey on Tuesday in order to rejoin his NHL team. The team is expected to open training camp tomorrow. Kovalchuk will participate in this weekend's all-star festivities of the KHL, where he has played during the four-month lockout. "I have contractual obligations to New Jersey," Kovalchuk said, as translated by Google. "I will carry them out. ... Russian fans deserve to see the [KHL] playoffs, with the participation of all the best Russian players. I gladly would have been one of them, but there are circumstances in which we can not influence."

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January 12, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Ilya Kovalchuk will reportedly be late to Devils camp

This really shouldn't bother Devils fans. However, this should.

Zach Parise will not be at Devils' camp.

January 12, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Wow this is shocking, he is playing in an all-star game in Russian on Sunday and camp starts on Sunday. I thought he was going to play in the game, call Superman have him fly around the earth to set back time, then get to Devils camp on time.

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January 12, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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Wow this is shocking, he is playing in an all-star game in Russian on Sunday and camp starts on Sunday. I thought he was going to play in the game, call Superman have him fly around the earth to set back time, then get to Devils camp on time.

Didn't realize Ilya was Russian for Lois.

January 12, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Didn't realize Ilya was Russian for Lois.

This made me laugh.....

January 12, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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What will be the excuse Devils fans use now that 1 of their premiere players went somewhere else, again ??

We don't have excuses, some great players go, some stay. Players like Gomez and Holik chased the money. Players like Rafalski, Parise and Nieds either went home to play or play with their family. NOthing every other team doesn't go through. 5 Finals appearances in less then 2 decades with a sprinkle of cups in there says Lou's philosophy, while maddening, works. Good thing for the Devils is, Lou finds a way.

January 12, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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Ilya Kovalchuk will reportedly be late to Devils campThis really shouldn't bother Devils fans. However, this should.Zach Parise will not be at Devils' camp.

Since this is comment number 2929 for me and I'm represented by Ken Dryden I'll take this time to say that due to the ridiculous signings made by the Minnesota Wild, the only person I'm really pulling for on that club is goaltender Josh Harding...

January 12, 2013  11:53 AM ET

Didn't they have an Elias Ilya thread yesterday on this same thing.
Ilya staying for KHL game

January 12, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Players like Gomez and Holik chased the money.

When your agent said there's an offer from Sather and the Rangers 5-10 years ago you'd be an idiot not to listen

January 12, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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Ilya Kovalchuk will reportedly be late to Devils campThis really shouldn't bother Devils fans. However, this should.Zach Parise will not be at Devils' camp.

Ouch! Did you have to rub it in, Canuck? That's cruel and unusual punishment.

January 12, 2013  01:30 PM ET
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We don't have excuses, some great players go, some stay. Players like Gomez and Holik chased the money. Players like Rafalski, Parise and Nieds either went home to play or play with their family. NOthing every other team doesn't go through. 5 Finals appearances in less then 2 decades with a sprinkle of cups in there says Lou's philosophy, while maddening, works. Good thing for the Devils is, Lou finds a way.

I thought that was LOTF?

January 12, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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Ouch! Did you have to rub it in, Canuck? That's cruel and unusual punishment.

It's my job. ;-)

January 12, 2013  02:57 PM ET

You know the old saying "There is no Ilya in Team"

January 12, 2013  03:06 PM ET
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You know the old saying "There is no Ilya in Team"

But there is in U.N.C.L.E.

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January 12, 2013  04:20 PM ET
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You know the old saying "There is no Ilya in Team"

hahahahahaha....good one.

January 12, 2013  07:08 PM ET

Isn't this a repeat of a story 2 days ago?
The season is going to open finally and they are still doing repeats.

January 12, 2013  09:38 PM ET

Better Ilya be late than his girlfriend.

January 13, 2013  12:12 AM ET
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But there is in U.N.C.L.E.

Yes but now he's on NCIS

 
January 13, 2013  12:13 AM ET
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Isn't this a repeat of a story 2 days ago?The season is going to open finally and they are still doing repeats.

see quote 8

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