This is a pretty funny article about the entire Kovi saga...
The National Hockey League at long last approved a 15-year contract that would send Ilya Kovalchuk to the New Jersey Devils Monday, only to have Kovalchuk retire immediately afterwards at the age of 42.
“It was really exciting to hear we had finally gotten it done. It’s been a long process,” Kovalchuk said after receiving word of the approved deal. “Sadly, my playing days are behind me. It’s time to hang them up.”
Kovalchuk said he had been holding out hope he would get to play at least a season with the Devils, but his muscles atrophied while waiting by the phone in the nearly 15 years it took to gain league approval.
40-year-old Zach Parise, who has been an free agent since a season after Kovalchuk’s negotiations began, hopes this will open a window for him to rejoin the team.
“Lou [Lamoriello] wasn’t able to conduct much large business until the deal was done, so I’m hoping now I’ll finally get to rejoin the guys,” Parise said on a break from managing a Newark McDonald’s. “I haven’t really had much contact with the team actually since, you know, Lou died a few days after his 80th birthday a couple years back.”
Martin Brodeur, now the head coach of the Devils, said he still remembers the few months he played with Kovalchuk and said he is glad the saga is finally over.
“Hopefully now that this and the 10-year lockout it caused are over we can get back to some real hockey,” Brodeur said. “It might not be exactly the same since we had to sell the Stanley Cup to Major League Baseball to keep us viable, but I think this Golden Globe Alicia Keys leant us will do just fine.”
While most were pleased to hear the contract had been signed, Chris Chelios — who recently signed a 3-year deal with the St. Louis Blues despite being in his early 60s — scoffed.
“What a wussy,” Chelios said. ”I’d give my artificial hip to be 42 again.”