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FILE - In this April 19, 2012, file photo, New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Newark, N.J. Kovalchuk is retiring from the NHL and returning to Russia. The Devils announced the stunning news Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013, in a statement, saying that the 30-year-old Kovalchuk had alerted general manager and president Lou Lamoriello earlier this year that he wanted to return home with his family after 11 seasons in the NHL. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, center, of Russia, celebrates his game winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk has 18 points this postseason, but he's been held scoreless by Los Angeles through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk has 18 points this postseason, but he's been held scoreless by Los Angeles through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk leads the NHL in points, with 18, during the playoffs. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates in front of fans after scoring a goal during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers on Friday, May 25, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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associated press Ilya Kovalchuk (17) celebrated after opening the scoring in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 on Wednesday night. It was a bounce-back for the Devils, who were shut out in Game 1.

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associated press Ilya Kovalchuk (17) celebrated after opening the scoring in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 on Wednesday night. It was a bounce-back for the Devils, who were shut out in Game 1.

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Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth was beaten in the shootout by Patrik Elias (shown) and Ilya Kovalchuk, but he made 25 saves during the game's 65 minutes. The Devils ultimately won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss this weekend's home-and-home series against the Washington Capitals as he continues to suffer from a lower-body injury. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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FILE - In this March 28, 2010, file photo, New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, is shown during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils. The team said on Monday, July 19, 2010, that the biggest prize of the NHL free agent market agreed to a new contract, ending weeks of speculation where the high-scoring forward would play next season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this March 28, 2010, file photo, New Jersey Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, is shown during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils. The team said on Monday, July 19, 2010, that the biggest prize of the NHL free agent market agreed to a new contract, ending weeks of speculation where the high-scoring forward would play next season.

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** FILE ** This April 11, 2010, file photo shows New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, left, and Ilya Kovalchuk smiling after the Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)