Recommendation: It appears Kovalchuk would only prefer to stay in the KHL for the rest of this season rather than the rest of his career, but it's extremely unlikely he would forfeit his $100 million contract with the Devils to do so. It's possible that Kovalchuk, a native Russian, is just posturing so he can avoid Devils training camp and return when the regular season begins.
Update: Kovalchuk indicated that he prefers to remain in the KHL for the rest of the season, but acknowledged he's not sure if his contract with the Devils would make that possible, Sport-Express of Russia reports. "I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break," Kovalchuk said.
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