Ilya Kovalchuk officially off NHL's voluntary retired list, can sign with any team on July 1

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Ilya Kovalchuk officially off NHL's voluntary retired list, can sign with any team on July 1
Ilya Kovalchuk officially off NHL's voluntary retired list, can sign with any team on July 1

It's once again time to talk about Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the NHL. This time there's some actual substance to the story. Now that he's celebrated his 35th birthday, Kovalchuk has been officially removed from the league's voluntary retired player list. That's a significant development as he's now an unrestricted free agent and can start negotiating with any NHL team before the free agency window opens on July 1. Kovalchuk can talk and agree to terms with a team now, but he'll have to wait to officially sign until July 1. Prior to turning 35, Kovalchuk's rights remained under the control of the New Jersey Devils. Had he wanted to return and sign with a different team, all 31 NHL teams would

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