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Ilya Kovalchuk's surprising retirement

In a shocking move, New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk -- widely considered one of the best players in the NHL -- is foregoing from the last 12 years and $77 million of his contract to return to his native Russia. It's a stunning decision from the 30-year-old, and one that leaves the Devils scrambling.

What do you think of Ilya Kovalchuk leaving $77 million on the table to return to Russia?

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  • Whose early retirement was more surprising?

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  • Will Ilya Kovalchuk ever return to the NHL?

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  • Is Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement -- and leaving of $77 million on the table -- fair to the Devils?

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