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>— 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.