Fallout from Kovalchuk's decision
July, 12, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
He's made his decision and what's done is done. However, the ramifications of Ilya Kovalchuk opting to "retire" may be felt on this side of the pond for years to come. ESPN Insider Craig Custance suggests the trickle down effect from Kovalchuk's decision to pack it in and bolt for home could affect a future generation of talented Russian players in the NHL.