It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk, who was at one time one of the most sought after snipers in the NHL, will be looking for a new home. According to KHL insider Igor Erenko, Kovalchuk’s contract with the L.A. Kings will be terminated but Kovalchuk still wants to stay in the NHL. That's despite having a lucrative offer from Omsk Avangard in the KHL. With that in mind, could the Boston Bruins be interested in adding Kovalchuk to their roster for more scoring depth?
At least one Insider seems to think they should go for it. Ty Anderson, of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, says Kovalchuk should stay in Boston when he goes there with the team next week. Check it out:
His tweet was met with a mixed response. “Please no” said one person, while a couple of others quipped that he has to be better than Ritchie.
Kovalchuk is currently in the second year of a three-year contract paying him an average of $6.25 million. Simply put, it’s doubtful many teams would be jumping to add Kovalchuk to their roster at that price. However, if his contract with the L.A. Kings is indeed terminated, he’s free to sign anywhere at any price, provided it isn’t less than the minimum of $700,000 per season.
Could be provide some scoring depth and a greatly reduced price? Yes. He’s certainly not as fast as he once was and likely won’t be putting up huge numbers like he once did. However, the 36-year-old has three goals and nine points in 17 games this season. $6.25 million good? Absolutely not.
It’s worth noting, though that L.A. is a team that is struggling and currently in the basement of the NHL standings. Surrounding Kovalchuk with more offensively minded linemates on a competitive team like the Bruins could be just what he needs to start putting up much better numbers. It’s an interesting hypothetical, at the very least.