NHL Free Agency: Ilya Kovalchuk May Sign With Los Angeles Kings

July 7th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
It appears as if the Los Angeles Kings have re-entered the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times recently tweeted that Kings' general manager Dean Lombardi said the Kings have “re-engaged” in contract talks with Kovalchuk, and Kovalchuk is expected to make a counter-offer to the Kings in the near future.

Kovalchuk is widely regarded as the biggest unrestricted free agent to hit the market in decades, if not ever.

The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils have also been rumored to have kicked the tires on Kovalchuk. The Islanders are rumored to have offered the talented Russian a long-term deal that would see Kovalchuk make $10 million per year, while the Devils were reportedly close to signing Kovalchuk to a seven-year, $60 million deal over the weekend.

There is also interest from the Kontinental Hockey League in the form of SKA St. Petersburg (who signed highly-sought after free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a four-year deal worth a reported $24 million earlier today), although the terms being offered to Kovalchuk are sketchy up to this point.

Clearly, it is far too early for a player of Kovalchu ...

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