Money Sure Can Talk

I must be pretty dense. All along I thought Ilya Kovalchuk was flirting with staying with his St. Petersburg SKA team because he loved his country so much and was finally eating his favourite foods again.

It barely registered on me that SKA, and probably the KHL head comrades, were offering him millions to stay. How come I’ve been so clueless? Kovalchuk has 13 years left on his 15-year, $100 million Devils salary, so if there’s one thing we must realize about the KHL, is that there’s some serious rubles floating around if they can get the guy to even think about it.

Slightly different from 1972, when Soviet players who didn’t dress for the four Summit Series games in Moscow had to buy their own tickets to get into the rink. Or those same National team players who were paid $200 to $400 a month for the honour of playing for their country.

Apparently Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk will be returning to North America following Sunday’s KHL All-Star game. A contract is a contract, whether North American food sucks for the guy or not. Kovalchuk’s a great player, a sniper with a deadly shot, and New Jersey fans must be happy this staying home talk is coming to an end.

2 thoughts on “Money Sure Can Talk”

  1. Kovalchuk has always rubbed me the wrong way. I remember a couple of years ago he said if he didn’t get the money he felt he deserved here, that he’d go home instead. There always seems to be this “threat” that he’s going and not coming back. Go and good riddance already.

  2. Least Mac Pac , Carey P.K., Cole, Boom Boom’s [love that name] grandson,Birdbegone[manager,can’t spell his name,sorry] coach Thornbush,stickboys etc are HOME and WE will reap the thrill of a team wearing the CH eith PASSION [or get fast-trackec to Columbus Blue Birds !!

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