NHL Puck – Kovalev, Sopel, Veilleux, and Parise


Lots of news to get to today as there are a few players moving around and one who is sticking around, for at least one more year.

Long time NHL forward, Alexei Kovalev is done with North American hockey. The report is out that the 38 year old Russian has signed a deal with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Kovalev has played a total of 1302 games with four different NHL teams, the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the 1302 games, he’s posted 428 goals, 596 assists for a total of 1024 points. Quite a career for the Togliatti, Russia native.

Kovalev isn’t the only one headed for the KHL. Defensemen Brent Sopel, 34, is headed to Metallurg Novokuznetsk on a two year deal.

Sopel is an NHL vet of 659 games amassed with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers(defunct), and the Montreal Canadiens. His 44 goals, and 174 assists carved out a solid NHL career for Sopel.

A possible NHL return is in the news as forward Stephane Veilleux has signed a one year, two way deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Veilleux, 29, is a veteran of nearly 500 games in the NHL with both Minnesota and Tampa Bay. Known more for his defensive side of the game and his ability to finish his checks. He’s posted 99 points in the NHL, 46 goals and 53 assists. He’s most notably remembered by Wild fans and fans across the NHL for his mocking of Colorado Avalanche forward, Cody McLeod in a playoff game back in 2008. He recently played for Espoo Blues of the SM-liiga.

The biggest news is obviously the resigning of Zach Parise by the New Jersey Devils.

Parise inked a one year, $6 million contract yesterday, avoiding arbitration.

Parise is an assistant captain for the New Jersey Devils, and offensively is their leader. The 27 year Minneapolis, Minnesota native has played a total of 420 games in the National Hockey League. His 163 goals, 178 assists and total of 341 points has put Parise in the all-star status for a while now.

With his 341 points, Prise is only 44 points away from being a top ten record holder for the New Jersey Devils. Jamie Langenbrunner sits ahead of hims with 385 points.

Now his one year deal does have a few Devil fans worried because they don’t want to lose Parise. He’s a great talent who can play both ends of the rink, obviously a very valuable forward. Drew Friedmen, writer for Pucks and Pitchforks, our New Jersey Devils blog breaks down the signing, as well as the Brian Rolston/Trent Hunter trade. You can read all of that right here.

A ‘Check This Out’ Moment!

I like ending most blogs with a video, as you all might have been able to tell, so today, I’ll end it with a Zach Parise highlight video. Hope you enjoy!

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Tags: Alant Mytischi Alexei Kovalev Brent Sopel Brian Rolson Traded For Trent Hunter Espoo Blues KHL Metallurg Novokuznetsk Stephane Veilleux Zach Parise Signs