This was the first such hat trick ever recorded by Kovalchuk and second in the Devils' franchise, following Adam Henrique the month before. [8] In club-level competition, Kovalchuk wore the number 17 as a tribute to Valeri Kharlamov, a Soviet superstar in the 1970s.[9]. After improving to 38 goals and 67 points in his second season, Kovalchuk scored 41 goals in 2003–04, making him a co-winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy after tying for the NHL lead in goals with Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets. These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. Kovalchuk claimed he desired to return home to Russia along with his family, though it was speculated that money had quite an influence as well, due to the higher total salary Kovalchuk would receive in Russia via the far lower Russian tax rate compared to the U.S. Select as many teams as you like from the leagues below. 2013-14: $11.5 million [17] Kovalchuk left the Thrashers as their all-time leader in several categories, including games played, goals, assists and points.

Kovalchuk served as one of five alternate captains to start the season until the alternates collectively requested to general manager Don Waddell and head coach John Anderson for Kovalchuk to take over the captaincy. The NHL first introduced shootouts in 2005.
Though his numbers last year were decent for a veteran scorer (16 goals and 34 points), he finished the campaign with a stretch of healthy scratches and this year didn’t start much better — he registered three goals and nine points through 17 games before being told on Nov. 12 that he’d be “out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.”. With 14 points in his first 14 games, the 2018–19 season had started well for Kovalchuk, but badly for the team. He finished second in voting to teammate Dany Heatley for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. They also cut the $3-million fine in half. The Los Angeles Kings placed Ilya Kovalchuk on unconditional waivers on Monday, making official their intentions to terminate the veteran forward’s contract after months of speculation. Kovalchuk was also captain of the 2015 IIHF World Championship Russian Men's Team in which the Russian team finished second overall in the tournament after losing 6 - 1 to Canada in the final. In the 2019–20 season, after Kovalchuk had played his seventeenth game for the Kings, the team announced that he would be scratched for the "foreseeable future". (approx 1 - 2 per week). Kovalchuk played in Russia until a labor agreement was reached between the NHLPA and the NHL in January, allowing the 2012–13 NHL season to start. Between the lopsided earnings – the deal had him slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years and just $7 million over the final seven years – and a term that projected Kovalchuk’s career to last well beyond the typical retirement age of the even the most well-conditioned NHLer, the contract was a not-so-subtle way of circumventing the CBA.

[32], On July 15, 2013, Kovalchuk signed a four-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience. He scored his only two goals of the tournament in the gold medal game against Team Canada – once to force the game into overtime, then the game-winner to give Russia the championship. 2018-19: $7M On December 17, the Kings terminated Kovalchuk's contract and he became an unrestricted free agent. 2016-17: $11.5 million In May 2010, Kovalchuk played for Russia at IIHF World Championship in Germany, finishing second. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. He was given third star of the night. Just three years into his massive 15-year pact, Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world when he announced his retirement from the NHL in favour of returning home to Russia to play in the KHL. [8] Both were named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Penguins depth chart: Where Kasperi Kapanen, Mark Jankowski, other newcomers fit. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. Thrashers general manager Don Waddell reportedly offered 12-year, $101 million and seven-year, $70 million contracts, both of which Kovalchuk turned down. Arbitrator Richard Bloch heard the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA)'s appeal and ultimately nullified the deal. Kovalchuk then spent the next five seasons with the KHL’s St. Petersburg SKA — the team that wooed him as a free agent and for whom he played during the 2012-13 NHL lockout. Internationally, Kovalchuk has played for Russia in the IIHF World U18 Championship, World Junior Championship, World Championship, World Cup and Winter Olympics, and won the 2008 and 2009 World Championships. Cap Hit of $ 6,250,000 to 2020-21 (UFA) … On February 23, 2020, Kovalchuk was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Emily Sadler | @EmmySadler December 17, 2019, 11:01 AM The Los Angeles Kings placed Ilya Kovalchuk on unconditional waivers on Monday, making official their … Cap Hit of $ 700,000 to 2019-20. 2021-22: $1M Kovalchuk was named captain of SKA Saint Petersburg at his contract signing. “He believes that he can help out a team offensively.”. Get all the latest stats, news, videos and more on Ilya Kovalchuk. He was due to earn $4.25 million next season, but walks away from that, becoming an unrestricted free agent. LeBrun: Will Marc-Andre Fleury still be traded with most goalie jobs now filled? Don't miss out - sign up for our newsletters! It was enough for the Devils to negotiate a long-term deal with the star — like, really long-term — to the tune of 17 years and $102 million. 2023-24: $3M [1] Valeri would later write a book detailing Kovalchuk's development as a hockey player, titled "From Tver to Atlanta" (Russian: «От Твери до Атланты») and published in 2004; he died in 2005 due to heart disease. As a disappointing season came to a close, Kovalchuk expressed his frustration, saying "I don't have a chance" under Desjardins. As a youth, Kovalchuk played in the 1997 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with Spartak Moscow. On January 3, 2020, Kovalchuk signed a one-year, two-way league minimum contract with the Montreal Canadiens. When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Later that season, on January 23, 2008, Kovalchuk was suspended for one game by the NHL for a hit from behind on New York Rangers defenceman Michal Rozsíval in a game a day prior. [1] Born big, he was named in honour of Ilya Muromets, a legendary figure from Kievan Rus'. 17. The 36-year-old winger was a prolific scorer in Part 1 of his NHL career and then lit up the KHL before returning to North America but it’s been clear almost from the start that his role on the Kings simply wasn’t the right fit. After two seasons with Spartak, he joined the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL, who selected him first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. [14] He was leading the NHL in goals several weeks into the season when he suffered a broken foot after blocking shot in a game against the San Jose Sharks on October 24. [22], Consequently, the NHL penalized the Devils for trying to circumvent the NHL salary cap with Kovalchuk's original contract. Despite leading the 2012 playoffs in scoring through the first three rounds, Kovalchuk was playing with a herniated disc and was largely ineffective against the Kings, scoring just one point in the series, an empty-net goal in Game 4, as the Devils fell to the Kings in six games. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. 2022-23: $550,000 Penguins free agency: What’s next after Mark Jankowski, Evan Rodrigues. We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. He had a four-goal game on February 19 in a 9–2 win over Latvia, but returned to Atlanta without a medal, losing in the bronze medal game. The length of the deal broke the record for the longest contract in NHL history. The Devils still held his rights until age 35, giving New Jersey the possibility of an intriguing asset. You may have created an account with another Rogers Media account that can be used to sign in here.