NHL notes: Ilya Kovalchuk unsure of return to Devils
|SKA St. Petersburg forward Ilya Kovalchuk skates during their game against Dynamo in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 23, 2012. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters)
New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk would rather stay in Russia to finish off his season in the KHL, but understands that he is contractually obligated to return to the NHL.
"I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break," Kovalchuk told Russia's Sport-Express, according to their U.S. correspondent Slava Malamud.
Kovalchuk, set to play in the KHL's all-star game on Sunday along with Detroit Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk, will speak to SKA St. Petersburg management about possibly staying with the team and returning to the Devils in the fall.
Currently, the NHL and KHL have a transfer agreement to respect contracts in each other's leagues. If Kovalchuk does stay in Russia, the NHL could have his deal voided.
Kovalchuk is entering the third year of his 15-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Devils in 2010.
LUONGO ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER FOR TRAINING CAMP
The Vancouver Canucks expect goaltender Roberto Luongo at training camp Sunday even as trade rumours circulate about his possible future destination.
Luongo arrived in Vancouver on Thursday, and the 33-year-old is highly coveted by various teams including Toronto, Florida, Philadelphia, Chicago and Edmonton.
"He's an important member of our organization and like any other player under contract to us, he'll be in camp," Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman told Vancouver radio station TEAM1040.
KHL SUSPENDS ANDREI KOSTITSYN 2 GAMES
Former Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators forward Andrei Kostitsyn has been suspended two games for a vicious hit in the Kontinental Hockey League.
The Belarusian, playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk during the NHL lockout, was disciplined after a violent hit to Slovan Bratislava's Vladimir Michalik on Tuesday. Michalik had to leave the ice on a stretcher.
Kostitsyn was initially suspended one game by his team following the hit.
This is not the first time that Kostitsyn has faced discipline. While playing in Nashville last season, he and Alexander Radulov were suspended by the team after they were caught partying past their curfew before a playoff game.
Meanwhile, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon had contacted Kostitsyn's agent to invite him to participate in their training camp, but they have yet to hear back according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
SEGUIN DENIES LEAVING SWISS APARTMENT A MESS
Boston Bruins young star Tyler Seguin is denying a report that painted him as a slob during his stay in Switzerland while playing for EHC Biel.
Calling the story "100 percent untrue," Seguin told Comcast SportsNet New England that he wondered if the Swiss media came after him because he asked for a cleaning service as part of his contract, which is rare in the Swiss league.
"Maybe they went after me because I was one of the only guys on the team that asked for a cleaning service? But that's something that I've always had and I didn't think asking for it was a big deal," said Seguin.
Local media reported that Seguin had pop bottles, garbage and dirty linen scattered across the floor, while rotten bananas were left on a table. The company hired to clean his apartment accused him of trying to wash his clothes in the dryer.
Seguin said he used fellow teammate and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's washing machine to do his laundry and that he took everything with him when he returned to Boston shortly after Jan. 1.
JACKETS PROSPECT HAS SURGERY
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray underwent surgery on his shoulder Thursday after suffering an injury on Nov. 16 while playing for the WHL's Everett Silvertips.
The 19-year-old defenceman will be sidelined for six months, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Murray appeared in 23 games with Everett this season, collecting two goals and 17 points.
Murray won a bronze medal with Canada's world junior team in 2012 and was expected to suit up again in Ufa, Russia, before suffering the injury.