NHL Blog Beat (Kovalchuk Retirement Edition) – July 12, 2013.

Reaction and analysis of Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden retirement from the NHL.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer on the reaction from Devils players and fans over Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to retire, and the big hole his departure leaves in the lineup.

Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement leaves the Devils with a big hole to fill in their roster.

Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement leaves the Devils with a big hole to fill in their roster.

PUCK DADDY: Dmitry Chesnokov reports Kovalchuk’s mother believes taxes and escrow was what prompted her son’s “civilized” departure from the NHL.

THE HOCKEY GUYS: A brief guide to salary cap recapture penalties and why the Devils will only be tagged $250K per season to 2025.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron believes Kovalchuk’s retirement is for the best in terms of the Devils long-term future.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz wonders if other Russian and European NHL players might follow Kovalchuk’s lead?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Wallace Graham believes Kovalchuk made the right choice.

HOCKEY TRACKER: David Malinowski offers up his take on why Kovalchuk’s retirement matters to hockey as a whole.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Could the Devils have interest in Oilers winger Ales Hemsky as Kovalchuk’s replacement?

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: John Alfonso Iadevaia with the five stages of grief for Devils fans.

1 Comment

  1. IK is a total bum. The least he could have done was retire before free agency. This guy is a joke.