Multiple reports have speculated that Ilya Kovalchuk is considering whether to stay in his native Russia rather than return to his NHL club, the New Jersey Devils, once the lockout ends.
A Russian jet carrying a KHL ice hockey team crashed into a river bank Wednesday while taking off in western Russia, killing at least 43 people -- some of whom had ties to New York teams.
You may already be hearing the jokes about Ilya Kovalchuk deciding to re-sign with the Devils, but we can think of worse ways to spend $100 million.
The KHL and NHL have historically been at odds. But the leagues are trying to upgrade their divisive relationship.