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Kovalchuk still loving the KHL life

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07:43 AM ET 01.14 | In essentially the prime of his career, Ilya Kovalchuk is in danger of slipping out of the average hockey fan's consciousness, and he's OK with that. [Kovalchuk] took his talents -- a rare blend of skill, speed and strength -- home to Russia last summer. It doesn't sound as if Kovalchuk has any regrets about his abrupt retirement from the NHL. The 30-year-old Kovalchuk likes life in Russia, where he can spend more time with his family while playing for SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League. "I'm really enjoying everything here," Kovalchuk said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after playing in Saturday's KHL All-Star game. "It's a great league. The game is different, but we are getting there. There are good players here for sure."

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January 14, 2014  08:51 AM ET

good for him....seriously...good for him.
He's playing at home, enjoying himself

January 14, 2014  09:05 AM ET

I think he'll be back at some point in time.

January 14, 2014  09:09 AM ET

File this under: "I could care less"

He's a bum in my book. GFY Ilya.

January 14, 2014  09:26 AM ET

WGAF.

January 14, 2014  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

GFY Ilya.

Good For You, Ilya??

Or that other thing that would get bleeped out!!

January 14, 2014  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

good for him....seriously...good for him.He's playing at home, enjoying himself

Sure he's enjoying himself! I mean, Kuntvalchuk's getting paid huge money for no-contact-hockey and he gets to go to his mother's house after the game for borscht and cabbage rolls. What's not to like?

January 14, 2014  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

File this under: "I could care less"He's a bum in my book. GFY Ilya.

Agreed. Kovalfuk'd. Thanks for nothing, ****.

January 14, 2014  09:52 AM ET

really? d-b@g is censored?

January 14, 2014  09:58 AM ET

Cory Schneider wouldn't have minded if he stuck around...seems like whenever he's in net for the Devils they give him next to nothing in terms of goal support.

January 14, 2014  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

really? d-b@g is censored?

Deutsch bag isn't. :-)

January 14, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

really? d-b@g is censored?

Yeah - it kinda is.

January 14, 2014  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

good for him....seriously...good for him.
He's playing at home, enjoying himself

Yep - if it makes you happy then who (other than the Devils fan who feels just a bit slighted) is to complain?

January 14, 2014  10:10 AM ET

It will be good when the Olympics are over, then they will stop interviewing him. As happy people are supposed to be about someone playing at home, how can you be happy for a man with no honor that walks out on a commitment. If you wanted to play at home, don't go to the NHL, don't keep signing contract after contract with the NHL, no one forced you to.

January 14, 2014  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It will be good when the Olympics are over, then they will stop interviewing him. As happy people are supposed to be about someone playing at home, how can you be happy for a man with no honor that walks out on a commitment. If you wanted to play at home, don't go to the NHL, don't keep signing contract after contract with the NHL, no one forced you to.

I still don't think that the Devils management was all that torn up over him leaving. My cynical side says he got a little encouragement from them to go to the KHL so they could get out from under the long term deal they signed.

January 14, 2014  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It will be good when the Olympics are over, then they will stop interviewing him. As happy people are supposed to be about someone playing at home, how can you be happy for a man with no honor that walks out on a commitment. If you wanted to play at home, don't go to the NHL, don't keep signing contract after contract with the NHL, no one forced you to.

All I can say is, "I feel your pain."

January 14, 2014  11:55 AM ET

I think he meant "The plane ride is different, but we're still getting there''

January 14, 2014  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It will be good when the Olympics are over, then they will stop interviewing him. As happy people are supposed to be about someone playing at home, how can you be happy for a man with no honor that walks out on a commitment. If you wanted to play at home, don't go to the NHL, don't keep signing contract after contract with the NHL, no one forced you to.

Yup . At the very least he could have given mgmt a full season advance notice or something

January 14, 2014  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah - he kinda is.

no he isn't Otis...bgm shows up from time to time and makes drivel comments...he's not censored

January 14, 2014  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

no he isn't Otis...bgm shows up from time to time and makes drivel comments...he's not censored

boom....

 
January 14, 2014  03:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I think he meant "The plane ride is different, but we're still getting there ...

.... but, to compensate, the flight attendants wear only birthday suits."

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