Kovalchuk: ‘We’ll see’ about NHL return


Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t ruling out a return to the NHL.

“I have two more years on my contract (with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL),” Kovalchuk told ESPN.com yesterday. “Then, we’ll see.”

Kovalchuk, who turned 32 in April, hasn’t played in the NHL since his shock “retirement” in July of 2013. He may not be eligible to return to the NHL until he’s 35.

The former Thrashers and Devils star had 25 goals and 30 assists in 54 regular-season games this season, then helped his team to a KHL championship in the playoffs.