Veteran Ilya Kovalchuk has returned in the last few days of his departure, to say the least eventful of the New Jersey Devils, which occurred on July 11, 2013, stating that the outcome was a perfect scenario for him and for his former organization.
The signing of a pact 15 years and $ 100 million had elapsed three seasons of it when the divorce was officially pronounced. He has taken the path of Russia, where he has worn the uniform of the SKA St. Petersburg during the five campaigns following before returning to North American in 2018.
“I don’t think that everyone appreciated. […] During the first two years of the agreement, the total amount that I earned was less than the average value of the contract. I was paid $ 6 million annually, and when I left, some wondered what I was going through the head,” he said in the podcast, Cam and Strick Podcast about his base salary lower than the amount of $ 11 million to which it was entitled in 2012-2013.
“Therefore, I consider that this was a good deal for both parties. New Jersey was experiencing financial problems and from my side, I made the decision that was needed. During the lockout of 2012-2013, I have had a lot of fun to play in front of my family [in Russia, with the SKA], and these are considerations that weighed heavily in my choice”.
The contract provided at the time a salary of $ 11.3 million for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The total should go to $ 11.6 million for the following season and $ 11.8 million for 2016-2017. During the calendar 2017-2018, Kovalchuk would have been able to get $10 million.
The attacker has preferred to agree with the SKA for four years on July 15, 2013. More recently, it has made a brief stay with the Montreal canadiens after a stint painful for Los Angeles Kings. The Russian was traded by the Habs to the Washington Capitals just before the trade deadline in February.