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JVB may be smiling, but I am not.
JVB may be smiling, but I am not.
Bruce Bennett

Ilya Kovalchuk has just retired from the NHL.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement. This is not a fake.</p>&mdash; Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) <a href="https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/statuses/355410079132037120">July 11, 2013</a></blockquote>
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This is not a drill.

He had 12 years and $77 million remaining on his contract.

Cap benefit recapture penalty will only be $250k for the Devils, but it goes until 2024-25.

I have yet to comprehend this, I'm sure many of you feel the same.

Please adhere to the blog rules (read: no cursing) when reacting to this craziness.

More to come later (obviously).

Now pardon me while I attempt to piece the exploded bits of my head back together.