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by Paul on 07/04/10 at 07:44 PM ET
via Helene Elliott tweet,
Kovalchuk says no to Kings. Lombardi: “We took our best shot to meet his needs and the team’s.”
added 6:09pm, via Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Sunday afternoon that the high-scoring free agent decided against joining the Kings, who had targeted him as the productive winger they urgently need and a marquee player who might generate some buzz around town.
“We took our best shot to meet his needs and the team’s,” Lombardi said in an email.
He would not elaborate on where the Kings’ offer fell short or where Kovalchuk might be headed.
added 6:46pm, Just in case you believed those internet reports yesterday that the Avs were interested in Kovy…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
And, the Avalanche will NOT be part of the mix in the hunt for Ilya Kovalchuk. Colorado just isn’t a player for the still-free star winger. And who can blame them, really, with Kovalchuk’s purported salary desires.
added 9:46pm, from Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Source: Kings really want Kovalchuk badly, feel he’s exactly what they need…but cannot get him to drop below a contract request of $100 million. Kings feel they have made biggest offer they can without jeopardizing Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson extensions.
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