Ilya Kovalchuk To Los Angeles Kings: About To Be Crowned?

July 17th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
It appears as if the Los Angeles Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk are inching closer to a long term deal that would see the highly-touted Russian land in Tinsel town.

Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that, while a deal is not yet finalized, it may just be a matter of finalizing term and no-trade/no-movement clauses.

Kovalchuk, who has also been pursued heavily by the New Jersey Devils, would be a terrific fit in Los Angeles, supplying them with one of the NHL’s premier goal scorers and star power.

If the deal is consummated the Kings could boast a first line that may include the likes of Kovalchuk at left wing, Anze Kopitar at centre and Dustin Brown on the right side, which may very well emerge as one of the NHL’s most feared lines.

While not expected to sign by the end of the weekend, it appears as if Kovalchuk will sign with the Kings sometime next week.

For the New Jersey Devils, they will now have to direct their focus on acquiring an offensive defenseman or another offensive forward to fill the void left by Kovalchuk’s departure.

The Devils acquired Kovalchuk last season for a ...

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