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Ilya Kovalchuk signs deal in Russia

Updated: July 15, 2013, 4:35 PM ET
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MOSCOW -- Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract.

Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.

SKA, a Kontinental Hockey League team, did not disclose the terms of the deal with Kovalchuk in its statement Monday. SKA president Gennady Timchenko described the 30-year-old Kovalchuk as a "real leader."

While caught off guard by Kovalchuk's decision ...

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