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    Ilya Kovalchuk Tracking Thread: 3 years, $6.25m AAV to LA Kings

    Kovalchuk is finally a free agent with no strings attached to the New Jersey Devils. He's continued to be a top performer in the KHL, but is 35 and hasn't stepped into an NHL arena for a game in about five years. Thoughts on the best fit for Kovalchuk, and where does he end up going?

    Free agent Ilya Kovalchuk is making the rounds in California this weekend as he attempts to find a new NHL home.

    According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Russian superstar met with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and is set to meet the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.


    Kovalchuk, 35, last played in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils in 2012-13 before retiring from the league to play in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia. He has since played six seasons with St. Petersburg, and tallied 31 goals and 32 assists in 53 games last season.

    He was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic Athletes from Russia entry at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February.

    A Russian report in April stated that Kovalchuk was plotting a return to the NHL and wanted to play another two or three years.

    When Kovalchuk turned 35 on April 15, he was removed from the NHL's voluntary retirement list and became an unrestricted free agent. The Devils had retained his rights before that point because he left the team in the middle of a long-term contract.

    Kovalchuk appeared in 816 career NHL games over 11 seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers and Devils. The first overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft notched 417 goals and 399 assists and was a co-winner of the 2004 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's top goal scorer.

    https://www.tsn.ca/kovalchuk-visits-...arks-1.1108278

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    He's slowed down. He was nearly kicked off of his team two years ago and stripped as captain. Also comes from the most stacked KHL team. Seems he is meeting with the Cali teams right now first.

    SJ makes some sense. Guessing Thornton is back. You have Thornton-Couture-Hertl riding the middle with Pavelski, Kane, Kovalchuk, and guys like Labanc and Meirer riding the wings. I think the team needs some more speed though with Thornton, Pavelski and Kovalchuk.

    Secondary scoring in Washington though you have Burkaovsky and Vrana needing to develop. For some reason I wouldn't count out either Florida team.

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    Apparently he is looking for around 6.5 million per year. Seems like a lot of money for a 35 year old who hasn't played in the league for a handful of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughest4 View Post
    Apparently he is looking for around 6.5 million per year. Seems like a lot of money for a 35 year old who hasn't played in the league for a handful of years.
    6.5 AAV for 2 years is fine. Cap is up. Elite are at 12M. Kovalchuk is a 30 goal scorer still and that's what they make. Marleau just got 3x6 and he's older though 1) speed is still there 2) moved him out of his home for 19 easons and 3) his D game is great

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    Kovalchuk has a new home with the LA Kings- he signed a three year deal, with a $6.25 million AAV. Do you put him with Kopitar or Carter next year?

    Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Saturday.

    The average annual value of the contract is $6.25 million, a source told ESPN.

    "We are excited to add Ilya to the LA Kings organization," vice president and general manager Rob Blake said in a statement. "He gives us an added element of skill and scoring along with a desire to win. We will withhold further comment until July 1."

    Kovalchuk, 35, hasn't played in the NHL since 2013, when he returned to Russia to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.

    He was the subject of a free-agency sweepstakes when he announced his intention to return to the NHL. He led the KHL with 63 points last season, and he was second with 31 goals scored.

    Kovalchuk was the No. 1 pick of the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. He was the first Russian player to be selected first in the NHL draft. Over his 11 NHL seasons, no active player scored more goals than Kovalchuk's 417.

    He scored 816 points (417 goals, 399 assists) in 816 regular-season games with the Thrashers and New Jersey Devils.

    Kovalchuk's first contract with the Devils was famously spiked by the NHL for cap circumvention. The Devils then signed Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract in 2010. Kovalchuk "retired" just three years into that deal, saying he had soured on the NHL after the 2012 lockout for reasons that included escrow withholding and North American taxes.

    He also said he wanted to be closer to family, walking away from $77 million owed by the Devils to sign a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg.

    The Kings were a suitor for Kovalchuk in 2010 before he chose the Devils.

    Los Angeles rebounded from a poor 2016-17 campaign to make the playoffs this past season, but the Kings were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Several teams made pitches to Kovalchuk's agent JP Barry this past week, including the Boston Bruins.

    "We put our position forth," Bruins GM Don Sweeney said Friday. "He's got plenty of options that he's mulling over as we discussed, and he said he'd get back to us."

    Kovalchuk, a three-time NHL All-Star selection, won two KHL titles with St. Petersburg. He also was the MVP in Pyeongchang as the Russians won the Olympic gold medal.

    He has stated that his goal is to win a Stanley Cup, so he can match Russian teammate Pavel Datsyuk, who has won an Olympic gold medal, a world championship and a Stanley Cup title.

    http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/2...-angeles-kings

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    Such a Kings move lol
    Quote Originally Posted by El Patito View Post
    Wow, you just won't let this go will you? I'd be more than happy to provide the numbers again if you'd like. The fact is that Marmol in his best season, put up one of the greatest performances by a reliever in the history of baseball. Better than Rivera? Youre damn right. You can't deny this.
    Marmolololololol

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