Roenick rips Kovalchuk as 'selfish'
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Kovalchuk abruptly announced his retirement from the Devils, forgoing the final 12 years of his contract and leaving $77 million on the table to return to his native Russia, where he is expected to play in the KHL.
While some were not caught completely off guard by Kovalchuk’s decision to return to his homeland (“I’m never surprised by anything that happens in this game,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said), others were downright angry.
Former NHL player and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick is one of the latter, and he proceeded to tear apart the winger in a lengthy Twitter rant, calling Kovalchuk’s decision selfish and appalling.
Hey Ilya hope u live comfortably in Russia w the money u made from the 23 million u stole from the devils Again I'm right in my analysis— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) July 11, 2013
I'm so irate right now. I feel bad for Lou lamoriello. Gave a 100 million dollar contract to a player who has no care for the NHL!— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) July 11, 2013
I am shocked that kovalchuk would do this to the devils and their fan base!!! Devils lose so much w this decision it's scary!!! Selfish !!!!— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) July 11, 2013
Kovalchuk is as selfish as they come!!!! I'm appalled. I feel bad for all u devils fans. U deserve better than that!!— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) July 11, 2013
Uwill all see now why I have talked negatively about kovalchuk !!! He doesn't want to play for the devils and he'll end up in the KHL!!!— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) July 11, 2013