Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
Good news, Devils fans! Ilya Kovalchuk can come back to the NHL without restriction in 2018:
As it stands, if Kovalchuk decided he wanted to return to the NHL, he would have to get unanimous approval from all 30 clubs. In a year’s time, if Kovalchuk wanted to return, he’d have to get approval from the Devils. It’s hard to imagine him getting Lou Lamoriello’s blessing after bailing.
But what about 2018? That’s when Kovalchuk will turn 35 years old and the rules change. At that point, if he wanted to come back to the NHL, he wouldn’t have to seek anybody’s blessing but his own, as Larry Brooks of the New York Post found out.
The Phoenix Coyotes have come to terms with first-rounder Max Domi, signing him to a three-year entry-level deal:
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed first-round draft pick Max Domi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Phoenix selected Domi with 12th overall pick in this summer’s draft. The Toronto-born forward scored 39 goals and 87 points in 64 games last season for the Ontario Hockey league’s London Knights.
Stanley Cup Champion Chicago has also come to terms with one of its own, Marcus Kruger:
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Marcus Kruger on a two-year contract.
The 23-year-old Swede scored four goals and nine assists in 47 games last season. He would add three goals and two assists in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
And finally, if there’s a shot to be taken at a non-Canadian born player, Don Cherry will be there to take it. Ilya Kovalchuk? YOU HAVE NO HONOR:
“Let’s face it, he was playing alright. He wasn’t playing bad. Never would I say he was playing bad, he was playing OK. And he was the one Russian I don’t mind because he chased Sean Avery in New York. He drops’em. I like him.
“But with that contract, they expected about 40 or 50 goals a year, something like OV, eh? And they didn’t. They were getting 29, 30. I don’t think they were too unhappy. It didn’t seem like they were too unhappy.”
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