Source: Kovalchuk nearing decision

Once again, it appears the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is nearing its end, though the two-time 52-goal scorer still is deciding among a few teams, a source close to Kovalchuk says.

The inference is that the choice is among the Kings, Devils, St. Petersburg of the KHL or perhaps even some silent NHL bidder.

The Kings reportedly have been solving differences with Kovalchuk, while one source said the Kings believed they had a 50-50 chance of signing the 27-year-old.

Verdicts appeared imminent earlier, though, such as July 5, when he was believed close to signing with New Jersey, only to decide to resume talks with the Kings.

The Devils still hope Kovalchuk opts for New Jersey over the West Coast, and are believed to have offered more total money than the Kings, who have palm trees and Hollywood in their favor.

The Kings dropped out of the bidding twice, only to return to the table each time, once reportedly at Kovalchuk’s invitation. Earlier, the Kings were reported to have offered $64 million over 12 years, a deal probably sweetened now.

10 Responses to Source: Kovalchuk nearing decision

  1. Mapleleaves says:

    all this and it looks like kavy is just going to stay in jersey, what a pain this whole thing has been. It will be official on thursday according to a NJ tweet and TSN.

  2. Kev_Leafs says:

    So, it's back to the Devils.

    They have just over 4 million in cap space for 19 roster spots.  Kovalchuk will definitely put them over the limit.

    Who goes?  I'm sure they'd love to move Rolston (+35, NTC), but aside from maybe the Islanders (to get over the cap floor) I don't know who might take him/would he waive his NTC?  I guess waivers are possible, but again would anyone take him?

    They added Arnott – does that open up Zajak or Zubrus at centre?  I think Zubrus is the most likely to go.

    Elias openly talked about wanting Kaberle on his team, and you have to figure NJ has got to win with Brodeur between the pipes – so they could be interested in Kaberle for a cup run this season.  Knowing that Parise is going to command a significant raise next season, could a Kaberle package pry out Zajak? 

    Again, I think it's Zubrus that goes, maybe try to waive Rolston, and they'll deal with Parise next off-season.  I wouldn't want the Leafs to go after Zubrus – not a all.

  3. LeafsneedSteen says:

    I'll mourn this signing but at least him signing is the domino that will allow for the off season to officially begin again when the market reopens.

  4. Toronto_side_bully22 says:

    Kovalchuck signed with the Devils.

  5. LeafsneedSteen says:

    So if the Kings land Sharp in the wake of this deal, that would give them Stoll, Kopitar and Sharp down the middle, does Schenn then become expendable?  It's a long shot with Lombardi privileging of prospects but fingers crossed.

    I'll ask is a 2012 first round pick too rich for B.Schenn given that he's a top five pick from a deep draft pool and we don't really have a clue where our 2012 pick will be.

    I feel Schenn is a safer bet of becoming a building block than the mystery box of our 2012 pick.

  6. TmLeafan says:

    Oh I agree with you 100 percent, but Lombardi is a chince when it comes to even entertaining the idea of giving up any of his prospects.  He has done nothing this offseason and if he adds nobody then he is a crappy GM.  He has done a good job of assembling a garbage team for the last 10 years and stockpiling prospects until they were good last season.  If he doesnt make a push and add some key pieces then he has missed a huge opportunity.  But who knows maybe I am wrong and he will part with Schenn.

  7. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Ok this if this how its going be, I done subjecting myself to endless trolling from people with zero interest in talking hockey.

  8. Kev_Leafs says:

    People are now saying that Gagne to Tampa is a done deal.

    The more times that Lombardi gets bruised, the more likely he might break from his safety-net and make a trade.  I would love getting Schenn out of LA – for Kaberle, I'm assuming.  Just so he can say he brought in an all-star defense (and – going along with you – an cup winner in Sharp). 

    I don't see Schenn moving though, not for one year of Kaberle.  If it involved a package of players/prospect/picks going both ways, perhaps.

  9. Kev_Leafs says:

    So yeah, perhaps something like :

    2012 1st Round

    2011 2nd Round, 3rd.

    Or something.

    I would say the 2012 1st for Schenn would be a non-starter for LA. 

  10. Mapleleaves says:

    6 of the last 10 draft theyve drafted 11th or under and they seem to have good scouting. Its pretty much like chicago being lucky by being bad. L.A. doesnt need to rebuild anymore they want to win the cup, i agree they shouldnt get rid of Schenn but if it help become a cup contender why not?

    I really dont think theyd trade for a draft pick, its just not needed.

Leave a Reply