Ilya Kovalchuk: Announces Retirement Staff

Update: Kovalchuk has announced that he will retire.

Recommendation: The 30-year-old winger shocked the entire NHL on Thursday when he announced he will forego the final 12 years of his contract with the Devils and hang up the skates. Kovalchuk was due to make $11.3 million next season, but after a disappointing 2013 campaign in which the Devils failed to make the playoffs, it looks like Kovalchuk is done with the NHL, at least for now.

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