If there is such thing as ‘hockey karma’, former Devils David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk are getting a dose of it.
Clarkson returned home to Toronto in July,signing a 7-year deal with the Maple Leafs after seven seasons with the New Jersey Devils. The rugged forward put together a string of productive seasons in his last two with New Jersey, reaching career highs in goals (30) and points (46) in the 2011-2012 campaign.
It didn’t take long for Clarkson to reach new heights with his new team, earning a 10-game suspension going into the regular season after leaving the bench to fight during a preseason spat with the Buffalo Sabres.
For Devils’ fans the incident was comical; The Clarkson they have known to have a love-hate relationship with over the years was showing his true colors.
Just days after the automatic-suspension was laid down on Clarkson, two of his former Devils teammates collided at the blue line, sending one player off.
That player is Ilya Kovalchuk and he is looking at a four-week recovery following a hit he took from his SKA St. Petersburg's teammate, Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Kovalchuk returned to the KHL this season after playing in the league during the NHL lockout. After a disappointing season with the New Jersey Devils in the 48-game season, Kovalchuk announced his “retirement” from the National Hockey League.
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