What a time to be alive.
This was Ilya Kovalchuk about 6 years ago. On July 1, 2010 Kovalchuk signed a 17 year, $102 million dollar contract with the New Jersey devils as he was to be the face of the franchise for years to come. The NHL said no way Jose and on September 4 he signed a 15 year deal worth $100 million. With the devils, Kovalchuk led the to a Stanley cup final appearance in 2012 and played pretty well throughout his tenure.
Following an NHL lockout, Kovalchuk played half a year in the NHL before retiring on July 11, 2013 just 3 years after signing a 15 year contract and leaving the New Jersey Devils at the alter. Fast forward to 2019, the Devils are trash this season, Kovalchuk looks old and the two are meeting for the first time in New Jersey tonight.
I don’t watch a lot of Devils or Kings hockey. To be honest, I don’t particularly like either of them. The Devils have been the Rangers rival since I was born and the Kings beat us in the cup final because of some bullshit, fuck off Dwight King. Having said that, I will be watching this game. I would imagine I’ll be able to hear the boos all the way in upstate New York and it’ll be fun to see if there is any sort of carry over. Yeah, its been forever but I would think someone on New Jersey would want to set the tone. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.