Ilya Kovalchuk wants to come back to the NHL. The thirty-five year old left winger has been lighting up the KHL since he left the NHL years ago. leaving a staggering 12 years left on his contract for the promise of more money and fewer taxes in Russia. Now, he wants to come back and the Bruins are vying for his services but their not the only ones.
Of course, it’s not a done deal. Kovlachuck has reportedly met with two California teams, the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks, and is reportedly willing to talk to up to nine teams at this point.
As TSN’s Darren Dreger said in a new interview with 690 Radio in Montreal, he has the Bruins on a short list of nine teams that have varying levels of interest or potential in signing Kovalchuk. He has the B’s in the “solid contender” department, along with the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and “maybe” the New York Rangers. The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun agrees with that exact list, terming the B’s and those other teams as “top contenders”.
To be honest, I can’t even feign interest in this story, never mind actually signing him. His best years are not ahead of him. He’s going to want too much money and far more term than he should get. If thirty-one is the wrong side of thirty, thirty-five is even more on the wrong side of thirty. Yes, he won a gold medal in the Olympics the year that no NHLers were playing. Yeah, he scored a boatload of points in the KHL for the past 5 seasons but that’s all in the past.
Just go to California, dude.