‘Kovalchuk could soon come back to KHL’

Ilya Kovalchuk (RIA Novosti / Vasily Ponomarev)

Ilya Kovalchuk (RIA Novosti / Vasily Ponomarev)

Ilya Kovalchuk, who after all decided to return to New Jersey for the resumption of the NHL season, could come back in Russia in the summer, believes Devils great Vyacheslav Fetisov.

Kovalchuk was mulling over spending the rest of the season with SKA St. Petersburg, but decided to return to North America after this weekend’s All-Star game in the KHL. However, Russian ice hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov say we could soon see the 29-year-old play in Russia again.

“Knowing the Devils’ problems with financing, Kovalchuk has a good chance of returning [to Russia],” the R-Sport agency quotes Fetisov as saying.

“All the rights to Kovalchuk and the truth are on the side of the New Jersey Devils and the NHL. His decision’s absolutely the right one. He just goes, has fun playing, wins the Stanley Cup and comes back,” Fetisov added.

In 2010 Kovalchuk signed a record 17-year deal with the Devils worth a total of $102 million. During the lockout he helped SKA to go top of the KHL’s Western Conference, scoring 18 goals and making 24 assists in 36 games.

The member of the NHL’s Hall of Fame Fetisov played for the Devils from 1989 to 1995 before joining the Detroit Red Wings, where he won two Stanley Cups.