A lot has been happening for veteran player Ilya Kovalchuk, who cleared unconditional waivers on Tuesday, allowing the Los Angeles Kings to terminate his contract and make him an unrestricted free agent.
Kovalchuk last appearing in a game on Nov. 9, but he continued to skate and travel with the Kings before leaving the team on Monday. He is now focused on finding a new team and yes, the forward is hoping to stay in the NHL as his agent J.P. Baryy begun the process of meeting with teams on Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Boston Bruins were reportedly interested in signing Kovalchuk, who could be looking to join a top contender and would accept a pay cut to do so.
On top of that, David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period had added that the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins were amongst the teams interested in acquiring his services.
However on Wednesday, after both the Flames and Penguins placed a forward on the waiver wire which prompted ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski to ask if it was in link to their respective chase for Kovalchuk, TSN’s Bob McKenzie tuned in with an important update on the signing rumours.
It appears that neither Calgary or Pittsburgh is interested in landing Kovalchuk.
“Pittsburgh and Calgary waiver moves aren’t related in any way to Kovalchuk because neither club has interest in signing him.”
He even added this:
You heard it: the master has spoken.