The NHL refused to Kovalchuk because of the attitude to the players from Russia


Ilya Kovalchuka: Alexander Kulebyakin /

Journalist Elliott Friedman commented on the situation with the return of striker Ilya Kovalchuk in the National hockey League (NHL). His words leads Sportsnet 960.

“This weekend he was in Los Angeles and San Jose. I know that “Anaheim ducks” does not claim to Kovalchuk for two reasons: the salary cap and the club’s philosophy in relation to players from Russia. “Ducks” are not the same team who enters the Russian market players,” said Friedman.

The journalist also said that “Los Angeles kings”, “San Jose sharks” and “new York islanders” interested in buying the Russian. “Actually, Ilya is right, it creates interest to the person. In the end it will bring him benefit,” he said.

After Eugene artyukhina, speaking for “DAX” in the season 2009/10, the team was not one field player from Russia. During this time from the Russians for the club were only the goaltenders Anton Khudobin and Ilya Bryzgalov, which in total has played 11 matches.

In early April, Kovalchuk announced his retirement from SKA St. Petersburg and is going to return to the NHL. The Russian moved to the SKA, “new Jersey” in the summer of 2013. In the composition of the St. Petersburg club forward won the Gagarin Cup. In addition to the “new Jersey” in the NHL, the Russians also defended the colors of the “Atlanta Thrashers”. Spending in the United States, a total of 12 seasons, Kovalchuk never won the Stanley Cup.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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