BREAKING: Ilya Kovalchuk announces he will retire. "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time."
Yesterday, now-former New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the NHL. I was surprised, you were probably surprised, safe to say Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was likely very surprised.
By the time you read this, it's also quite possible that Kovalchuk has already signed on to become a member of the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg, where it stands to reason that Kovalchuk will be compensated quite heavily.
While it's a swift kick in the gut for the Devils, it could be high time for the Oilers to do a little business. The Devils are down one on the wing. There's a guy I know...
I've been on the "don't trade Hemsky" wagon for some time now, but with MacT having 'the talk' with both Hemsky and the now-departed Shawn Horcoff, it seems that Hemsky's time in an Oiler sweater is nearing a close.
A third line of Jesse Joensuu - Boyd Gordon - Ales Hemsky doesn't sound all that appetizing, either. Come to think of it, a third line with Ryan Jones doesn't make me the most confident lamb on the farm either.
DO THE DEVILS NEED A WINGER?
This depends on your definition of 'need'. Here are a few things I'd think about if I was a member of Devils brass:
- How many games of Ales Hemsky would we get in a full season?
- How do I feel about Ryane Clowe on my top line?
- Hey, I just remembered that we don't have a first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Stupid Kovalchuk.
- How do I feel about Hemsky on the off wing?
- Can Stefan Matteau contribute at an NHL level this year?
- Oh my God, Ryane Clowe could be on this team's top line.