For the past couple of months people have been wondering where Ilya Kovalchuk would end up when he finally made his decision for next season. When his 17 year deal with the New Jersey Devils was announced everyone thought that that would be the end of this whole ordeal. But that was not the case.
With the rejection of Kovalchuk's new deal, he is once again a free agent unless a new agreement can be reached. What this could also mean is that maybe Kovalchuk will indeed head back to Russia which was much speculated before this recent signing. Here are five reasons why we could see Ilya Kovalchuk pack up his bags and head back to Russia.