Kovys always been a money chaser. Suddenly he wants to return right when the Russian economy is getting hit? Coincidence? Or maybe he's just sick of his family (sarcasm)?
They could have tied him to his contract. Not sure that it would qualify as "being a dick" to make him fulfill a contract that he signed. They also voided the contract outright. That allowed him outright freedom. They could have just loaned him to the KHL (think of Radulov or Hudler). Not every GM would have been so willing to let him go and and relinquish his NHL rights.
And for number9: Here's Kovalchuck when left:
Kovalchuk said in a statement released by the team. "Though I decided to return this past season, [general manager] Lou [Lamoriello] was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me. The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me."
Yes, he's saying it partly for PR reasons, but I'm not sure why people disagreed with me that he might feel some good will toward Lamoriello. Is there some stated animosity that I'm unaware of?
If he does come back, my bet is he's going to sign with the highest bidder plain and simple.
Parise had nothing but good things to say about NJ, doesn't mean he wanted to stay there.
Edited by number9, 25 March 2015 - 04:26 PM.