Twitter Takes: Jeremy Roenick was extremely upset with Ilya Kovalchuk’s retirement

New Jersey Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) looks to pass the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Right wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) shocked the world when he announced his retirement from the New Jersey Devils. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Ilya Kovalchuk was rounding into more than simply a complete NHL player. After signing a $100 million contract with New Jersey, he was living up to the hype and developing into the star of the team.

That’s why the Thursday announcement that he would be retiring from the league came as such a surprise. How many people – let alone professional athletes at the highest level of their craft – would leave $77 million on the table and simply walk away at the age of 30?

Most reactions were that of shock. There were a few who took an immediate look at the Devils’ salary cap and said that Kovalchuk’s retirement was a blessing in disguise.

Then there’s Jeremy Roenick. The former superstar was always talkative as a player and he has not quieted down since making the transition to the broadcast booth.

Immediately after the news of Kovalchuk’s decision broke, Roenick took to Twitter to voice his, er, we’ll just call it “displeasure.”

Basically, there are a lot of exclamation marks.







[H/T: CBS Sports]