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Finding A Fit For Ilya Kovalchuk

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

He's looking for a medium-term deal on a team with modest Cup aspirations or better. Who makes the most sense for the returning goal scorer?

No 2018 UFAs will rack in the coin and term like John Tavares and John Carlson will. The summer belongs to them. But for pure intrigue, there’s no more fascinating UFA than Ilya Kovalchuk.

On resume alone, he should be as coveted as any player. He sniped 417 goals in his 11 NHL seasons from 2001-02 to 2012-13, more than any other player over that span. His 0.51 goals per game rank 18th all-time. He owns a Rocket Richard Trophy, nine seasons of 30 or more goals, six seasons of 40 or more goals and two seasons of 50-plus goals. After retiring from the NHL five years ago and heading to the KHL, he won two Gagarin Cup titles and enters the 2018 off-season as the league’s reigning scoring champ. He even took home Olympic gold and tournament MVP honors in Pyeongchang this past winter.

continued wtih teams Kovalchuck could sign with...

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