Ilya Kovalchuk is not heading to Russia to play for the KHL, at least not yet. According to various hockey sources, the KHL will be an option for Kovalchuk, but there is nothing imminent. Sovsports, a Russian sports website, is reporting that SKA St Petersburg made an offer to Kovalchuk that would see the sniper make $30 million over a three-year span. His desire is to reportedly play in the NHL and he won’t consider the KHL until all of his options are on the table as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Until then, New Jersey owns his rights and may utilize it to re-sign him.