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Morning Skate: Growing Pains

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.


From: Dan Pennucci
To: Janet Eagleson
Subject: Back In the USSR

Who is this Kovalchuk bloke everyone is complaining about? Calling him a lazy, typical, selfish Russian....

I can get upset but there's no use. It's not going to change the fact that Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the Devils and bolted back to the Motherlandfor bags full of untaxed dollars. It would have been nice if he'd filed his retirement papers in the days prior to July 5, with free agency opening the next day. Kovalchuk's contract was an albatross for the Devils in terms of roster space and also in their ever-worsening financial situation with various groups inquiring about ownership.

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