Lets say he signs the retirement paperwork and retires. 2 years from now he decides to come out of retirement...would he still be bound by this contract or would he be a UFA?
Ilya Kovalchuk of New Jersey Devils announces he will retire - ESPN New York
Ok. So yeah. I am a little heartbroke over this. I thought he was a true devil. Not sure Lou wasn't whispering in his ear...Lou has gotta be happy long term picture. He was able to recapture control of the team from OnHisWayOut Vanderbeek. It's gonna sting, particularly because i thought they did some good things reloading this team, but there are still players out there. We shall see. It's disappointing. At least I wasn't at Comicon, like when Doc announced his retirementThe move is more surprising because Kovalchuk signed a $100 million, 15-year contract in 2010. The Devils can void the remaining $77 million on the contract when Kovalchuk's retirement becomes official.
I have no ****ing idea
OK, homeboy has to have plans on playing in the KHL, because there's no way he'd leave with a guaranteed $55 million over the next five years. EACH of the next five years on his contract is over $10m. You don't just walk away from that without a damn good reason.