So I am not going to go into the whole story about Ilya Kovalchuk and playing in the NHL, retiring to play in Russia and then returning to the NHL after his rights with New Jersey expired by he...see in the keepers here...
really rubbed me the wrong way with how it was handled. If for no other reason that - you don't sign a long term contract with a team unless you intend to play the long term contract with the team.
Sure, things may have changed between first signing the long term deal with New Jersey, and when he wanted out, but don't put yourself in the situation.
Maybe I hold it against him too much, but then again, I always thought he was overrated as a player.
Our red parallel is of someone that wasn't who I always think of as underrated.
Though I remember Bill most for his time in New Jersey in the 90s and the Stanley Cup win there, he played an important part of the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Stanley CUp win.
Though the second half of his career was spent hopping around teams more, he seemed to always fidn a place and a role that he fit into and helped improve the team.
Solid player who was a great addition to the team.
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