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Kings will meet with Ilya Kovalchuk on Monday

Ilya Kovalchuk will meet with Kings executives for the first time Monday, a chance for the Kings to sell him on the merits of living and playing here — and on compromising at the bargaining table.

Kovalchuk’s arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday added a new twist to a saga that began when the NHL’s free-agent period opened on July 1. The Kings had two previous rounds of talks with his agent, Jay Grossman, but walked away each time after Grossman refused to relax his client’s 10-year, $100-million price.

Thoughts on Modano/Gagne Rumors

The Blues have their man in net, signing Halak to a four-year contract. They have their muscle squared away through the likes of Cam Janssen and the newly acquired Vladimir Sobotka. These stories all broke in the past week, but one area – the offense – has remained strangely quiet. Now is the time to start asking the tough questions concerning the team’s forwards and what issues this side needs to address.

Flyers Sign Zherdev, What Does it Mean for Gagne?

The Flyers announced a significant free-agent signing Friday afternoon.

The Eastern Conference champs have inked Ukrainian right wing Nikolai Zherdev to a one-yer deal.

“Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards,” Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement.

Burke takes break from Leafs' rebuild

The first thing Brian Burke says is that he is not done.

There are still free agents who intrigue him. And there are still offers out there for Tomas Kaberle. But after a busy week of free agency in which the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager achieved his goal of bolstering the team’s forward corps, all Burke wants to do is sit back, loosen his tie and take a breather.