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.
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.