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What’s Next For Ilya Kovalchuk?

from TSN,

Ilya Kovalchuk cleared unconditional waivers on Tuesday, allowing the Los Angeles Kings to terminate his contract and make him an unrestricted free agent.

The move ends a month-long standoff between the two sides, with Kovalchuk last appearing in a game on Nov. 9. The 36-year-old continued to skate and travel with the Kings before leaving the team on Monday.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Kovalchuk's agent J.P. Baryy will begin the process of meeting with teams on Tuesday afternoon.

Ilya Kovalchuk cleared unconditional waivers on Tuesday, allowing the Los Angeles Kings to terminate his contract and making him an unrestricted free agent.

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WingedRider's avatar

Which team will throw away Big $$$ on Old Ilya

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/17/19 at 04:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Which team will throw away Big $$$ on Old Ilya

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/17/19 at 03:51 PM ET

CapFriendly says that the Wings have the biggest cap space available and I’m saying, “Nope.  Not here.” 

Dives and Islanders seems like possible destinations.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/17/19 at 07:08 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I can’t see any team with the desire to pay him big money, at least not “big” insofar as what he was making in LA. He still has the potential to add some scoring, but any salary expectations will have to come down to earth.

He was a damn good player when he was here in Atlanta. I hope he finds a new place in the league, as I’ve always wished him nothing but the best.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/17/19 at 08:22 PM ET

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Someone will sign him. Considering he already has been paid by the Kings I don’t expect he’ll have big salary demands. He most likely go where there is a good fit and he has a chance to compete for a Cup.

The Kings clearly overpaid for him in the first place. That’s not Kovy’s fault. He actually handle the demotion a lot better than others have in the past. He’s not fleet of foot but his style of play fits the grind of playoff hockey. As a complementary piece he could still be a solid contributor.

There was a time where I would have loved to have him on the Wings. That isn’t now.

Posted by evileye on 12/18/19 at 11:10 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep evileye, Reports are floating teams are interested and remarks supposedly from Kovalchuk state he would sign for close to the minimum but wants to play only for a contender.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/18/19 at 11:13 AM ET

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