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Russian hockey writer Slava Malamud says the former Devils star was prodded to stay in the KHL<p>Ilya Kovalchuk, once considered a big-name candidate for a return to the NHL, is staying in Russia to play the 2017-18 season with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.<p>And Vladimir Putin’s …

Read more at CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/report-putins-inner-circle-pressured-ilya-kovalchuk-to-abandon-nhl-comeback/