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Report: Kovalchuk to join KHL Saint Petersburg

Sep 17, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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SKA Saint Petersburg has landed one of the biggest scores of the NHL lockout — Ilya Kovalchuk.

According to SKA’s website, the New Jersey sniper has reportedly agreed to join the KHL club on Sept. 18, roughly 72 hours after he and his fellow NHLers were locked out.

Heading to Russia during a work stoppage is nothing new for Kovalchuk — during the 2004-05 lockout, he and a number of NHLers (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Dany Heatley) joined AK Bars Kazan of the Russian Elite League.

SKA is one of the KHL’s most famous and popular clubs (even though it has never played in a league final.)

In 2011-12, the club became the first Russian team to average five-digit attendance (10,126) and currently boasts a roster filled with NHL experience: Dmitry Kalinin, Denis Grebeshkov, Petr Prucha and Maxim Afinogenov, to name a few.

  1. xaf605 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Good i hope they stay there

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Are you an owner or just a useful pawn for them?

      • tatdue - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        @jimeejohnson – I’ve noticed that over the last week or so that a bunch of these morons have popped up all bashing the players and singing songs for the owners…funny thing is that none of them can really put up any sports related arguments so you can tell that they are not fans! My guess is that the NHL has hired bloggers to try to counter the fact that everyone is on the players side of things and nobody that is informed anyways, is supporting the owners stance on things….Everyone can see that this is just plain and simple greed from the owners…

      • danphipps01 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        And also blomfeld apparently, but we’re used to that particular brand of crazy at least.

    • blomfeld - Sep 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Dasvidanya Asshole ! … and don’t bother sending us a postcard

      • danphipps01 - Sep 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        So are Thornton and Nash being greedy too, or are they not Russian enough to fall under your crosshairs?

      • blomfeld - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        The “hammer of justice” must be blind to both race & nationality… hopefully friend that answers your question …

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