The KHL has gained permission from the British Ice Hockey Association to place a team in London. Placing a KHL team in London would be an interesting premise, but it would also be a difficult sell.
Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,600 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 13 of the last 16 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; ...
“The planning horizon is 2018,” Kovalchuk says, referring to the year of the next presidential elections when Putin could stand for a fourth term.
Ever since the Devils lost offensive stars Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk in consecutive offseasons, New Jersey has been trapped in a seemingly never-ending search for high-end scoring.
2010 - One day after Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils agrees to a staggering contract, the NHL rejects the deal. Kovalchuk's landmark 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils is deemed to circumvent the league's salary cap.