Are Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov heading to the Kontinental Hockey Leagu

According to Russian websites, the two NHL stars plan on signing with St. Petersburg on July 1 when they both become unrestricted free agents.

The president of the St. Petersburg team is Alexander Medvedev, who also happens to be the president of the KHL. One of the other hats he wears is as deputy chairman of Gazprom, the Russian gas company that is under-writing the KHL’s losses.

The KHL has a salary cap in place but reports from Russia say the KHL will pass a new rule that allows teams to exceed the cap if they are luring top stars like Kovalchuk and Frolov away from the National Hockey League.

When asked about signing the two players, Medvedev said, “No comment.”

Kovalchuk ended the season with the New Jersey Devils and is best in class when it comes to the unrestricted free agent crop this summer.

The sniper has scored 40 or more goals six straight seasons, including two 50-goal seasons. He made $7.5 million US this season and reports say Medvedev is ready to dole out $12 million US for the star.

Frolov had 19 goals and 32 points for the Los Angeles Kings this season while earning $4 million US, and reports say he would fetch around $6 million US in St. Petersburg.

The reports say Kovalchuk and Frolov will both sign one-year deals.

Kovalchuk , who is captain of the Russian team at the world championship, has refused to talk about his contract status, saying that can wait until after the 2010 worlds are over.

Russia plays Germany in the semifinal on Saturday, and the championship game is Sunday.

Medvedev is part of the Russian delegation here. He is Russia’s representative in the International Ice Hockey Federation and officials sometimes wonder whether he is like the fox in the hen house when it comes to relations between the NHL and Europe.

3 Responses to Are Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov heading to the Kontinental Hockey Leagu

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Yawn!  Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out guys.


     Why isn't the NYI trying to sign either one of them? They have enough money to sign both of them long term, John Tavares could of been much more if a decent team would of drafted him, it must be pretty hard for a rookie prospect like Tavares when you notice that your team never sign big name UFAs cause nobodys want to sign in Long Island! At list the Tampa Bay Lightning surrounded Stamkos with very good players!

  3. number15 says:

       The KHL is farely new and like most new expansion teams in the NHL they always sell out. Id give it 5-6 years before reality kicks in. They cannt keep dishing out the money forever. They will eventually start to see losses……. then u will see a salary cap in the KHL

       id like to see some inter-league games between the NHL-KHL one day. When the KHL is fully developed, cause so far they are like the AHL in terms of talent…… maybe a KHL vs. NHL all-star game, or NHL champs vs. KHL champs. something along those lines

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