Ilya Kovalchuk retiresJuly 11, 2013, by
In case you’re not on Twitter, Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement from the NHL. Kovalchuk, 30, leaves 12 years and $77 million on the table from the Devils, who will have a $250k cap recapture penalty for the next 12 (!!) years, until 2024-2025. Signing Kovalchuk cost the Devils a first round pick (due to the circumvention issue), and probably cost them Zach Parise as well.