St. Petersburg, Russia - Former New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has signed a four-year deal with SKA Hockey Club of the Kontinental Hockey League. The salary given to Kovalchuk has not been announced yet, but some reports have rumored amounts upward of $15 million per season.
The deal was announced on the SKA website Monday afternoon, but it was imminent after his retirement from the NHL.
It is surprising the deal took this long to announce, considering that Russian American Hockey writer Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted:
That tweet was posted the day of Kovalchuk’s retirement. Not sure what the hold up was for the four day delay on announcing his new deal, but I personally think it would have been rubbing it in the faces of the Devils and the fans if they announced the new contract the same day as his retirement.
Kovalchuk played for SKA during the lockout.
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