As fun as it was to see the rumor of Ilya kovalchuk returning explode all over the hockey world and social media, Lou Lamoriello has shut down the idea and said it is not happening. The Devils GM told Tom Gulitti of The Record that it is not true.
Lamoriello said no chance/no discussions of Kovalchuk returning next season.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) June 12, 2014
Kovy will end up coming back to the NHL eventually, but we do not know when. There are a lot of “ifs” in order for Kovalchuk to return.
Even if he wanted to return now, he would have to be approved by all 30 franchises in the league. If you think the Rangers, Flyers, Islanders, or Penguins would allow the Devils to get that much better in a heartbeat, you are mistaken.
If he wanted to return without all 30 teams’ approval, he must sit out of any competitive hockey for one calendar year. That means any professional leagues or international play.
Lastly, if he would like to return with no barriers and sign with whoever he wants, he has to wait until he turns 35 years old.
It was too good to be true, but for a second it sounded like Lamoriello was going to pull a fast one on the entire league. He got the Devils’ first round pick back and then Kovy would just happen to want to return. It would have been fantastic for the Devils, but knowing the league they would have been punished in a heartbeat.
But now we all know for sure that Dino Costa, former xm radio host, is full of it. He is not someone anyone should take serious. Also, he was recently caught plagiarizing the reporting site, AwfulAnnouncing.com. That says it all.
If you have the time, read the link above from Awful Announcing, it was a good read. They posted multiple other situations where Costa was caught plagiarizing other articles literally word for word.