Multiple reports have speculated that the Ilya Kovalchuk is considering whether to stay in Russia rather than return to his NHL club, the Devils, once the lockout officially ends. According to a Devils spokesperson, the team has "no reason" to think he isn't coming back.

A source told that Kovalchuk as well as other Russian players expressed concern to the NHLPA on Friday about returning to North America, with escrow being the key issue.