Ilya Kovalchuk might have retired from the NHL, but he didn’t stay retired long.
The former Devils star forward who surprised the league by calling it quits on his NHL career this past Thursday has signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. At this point there are no indications as to what the salary will be but expectations are it will land somewhere around $15 million per season.
From the moment that Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the NHL, this move was expected. No way was a player still in his prime earning years at age 30 going to just walk away from $77 million over the next 12 years as he was guaranteed with the Devils.
Source: CBS Sports Kovalchuk Signs With SKA St. Petersburg of KHL by Matthew Sardo