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.
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is headed to Russia to play for the Kontinental Hockey League's Barys Astana, his agent confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has been suspended from playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League while an international turf war wages on over his status.
On the heels of the NHL lockout that began Sunday, New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk is headed home to his native Russia to play hockey during the work stoppage.
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is headed to Russia, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.