Ilya Kovalchuk is an unlimited free agent again after the Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract on Monday, but may not have finished in the NHL just now.
Russian sports journalist Igor Eronko said on Tuesday that 36-year-old Kovalchuk is still interested in signing with a Stanley Cup contender, even if he signs on the league’s minimum wage ($ 700,000) for the rest of the season. A potentially interested party, according to Eronko? The Boston Bruins.
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Eronko had previously reported that Kovalchuk wanted to stay in the NHL after leaving the Kings organization. The Bruins (21-7-6, 48 points) match the desire of the Russian forward to play for a contender – they sit tied for the second most time in the entire league through December 16 and hold the NHL’s top goal difference. -29).
The Bruins have been looking for the perfect skater for a long time to play right-back next to center David Krejci, who has seen a rotating front door play with left-wing Jake DeBrusk. Kovalchuk, a natural left wing, doesn’t quite fit the description, but her reported willingness to get a minor league contract makes him an attractive free agent record for Boston general manager Don Swinney.
The Bruins only have about $ 1.79 million in open space to play, according to CapFriendly. Kovalchuk would probably find it difficult to get into a trade before his contract expired due to his length and high level, but it would only prove to be a low-stakes bet in a minimal league deal.
The NHL’s top scorer was nine points (three goals, six assists) in 17 games with the Kings before the club said he would no longer play in November.