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.

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