It seems the writing is on the wall for Ilya Kovalchuk’s exit from the Los Angeles Kings franchise.
Russian sports journalist Igor Eronko said Friday that the 36-year-old’s contract with the Kings will end shortly.
Kovalchuk has not been to the Kings in a game since November 9 against the Montreal Canadiens. On November 12, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said the fan had said he would be “scratched for the foreseeable future” and said that Los Angeles had sought to block Kovalchuk.
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Eronko said that Kovalchuk – who has three goals and six goals in 17 games this season – still wants to play in the NHL, but has a “lucrative” offer at the table from KHL’s Omsk Avangard.
The Russian scorer may have even more to offer in NHL winning clubs, but David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period said the teams have been locked in a deal with the Kings over concerns over the duration of Kovalchuk’s deal, even if Los Angeles. maintains salary until 2020-21).
“The discussion has been discussed, but trade is the preferred route,” Pagnotta writes on Twitter.
According to CapFriendly, three factors could play into a possible termination of the contract:
- Kovalchuk’s non-movement clause will not force him through derogations prior to termination.
- Since signing his contract at the age of 35 and above, the $ 6.25 million salary cap hit would be weighed against Kings’ salary cap for the rest of the season and beyond.
- Kovalchuk himself will lose nearly $ 4.7 million in salary if his contract ends.
Kovalchuk, the first overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft, scored 436 goals (859 points) in 897 games in 13 NHL seasons.