Kovalchuk Signs With Russian Club

Thrashers left winger Ilya Kovalchuk has reached an agreement to play with Kazan of the Russian Super League in the event of an NHL labor stoppage, his agent Jay Grossman told the Atlanta Journal Constitution Wednesday.

The contract has a buyout clause which would allow Kovalchuk to return to the NHL, but it must be exercised before Jan. 1. If not, he would be committed to playing the entire season in Russia.

“Should the labor dispute go beyond that point [Jan. 1], he’s going to be playing for Kazan all of ’04-05,” said Grossman, who would not reveal Kovalchuk’s salary. “This is not someone who is turning his back on the Thrashers, but a player who is choosing the best alternative in light that we don’t see the season starting on time, if there is one at all.”


One Response to Kovalchuk Signs With Russian Club

  1. AVS4NYR says:

    Thats great. At least Kovalchuk and Nash are looking elsewhere to improve. It will be interesting to see what his stats will be in the superleague after 3 seasons in the NHL. With the contracts that the Russians have been handing out to NHLers, it wouldnt surprise me if Kovalchuk gets around 3.5Mill(TAX FREE). Waddell should be happy about Kovy’s decision. The Thrashers in my opinion have the brightest future. They are the perfect example of building a solid team.

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