The Canadiens have signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a two-way deal worth $700K.
With Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Jonathan Drouin out right now, the Canadiens are looking for help upfront. Kovalchuk, whose contract was terminated by the Kings in mid-December, is a low-risk option that Montreal will be able to send to Laval (AHL) if it comes to that. Kovalchuk had just three goals and six assists (nine points) in 17 games with the Kings earlier in the year.
The Kings have placed Ilya Kovalchuk on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.
Kovalchuk has not played since November 9th and the Kings have decided to part ways with the 36-year-old Russian winger. Kovalchuk will become a UFA and could sign with another NHL team or return to Russia.
Kovalchuk will be out of the Kings lineup for the foreseeable future.
It looks like the Kings are done with Kovalchuk, who they have told he is welcome to practice with the club but will not be playing. Los Angeles will likely try to move Kovalchuk but it won't be easy to move a deal that has another year remaining with a $6.25M AAV cap-hit. A return to Russia is always in the cards for Kovalchuk as well.
Kovalchuk is expected to be scratched on Thursday.
Source: Jon Rosen 03/21/19, 1:56 pm EST
Kovalchuk is not on the ice for warmups; will not play vs. the Panthers.
Kovalchuk (ankle) will be back in the Kings lineup on Saturday.
Kovalchuk will return to the lineup a little earlier than expected and will look to rediscover his early-season form. Kovalchuk will have no minute cap in his return to the lineup and will try to snap an 11-game pointless streak.
Kovalchuk (ankle) will return to the Kings lineup on Saturday.
Kovalchuk was originally expected to miss four weeks bu will return less than three weeks after undergoing a procedure on his ankle. Kovalchuk’s return to the NHL got off to a nice start, scoring five goals and nine assists (14 points) in his first 14 games but went pointless in 11 games before getting hurt.
Kovalchuk will miss four weeks after undergoing an ankle procedure on Sunday.
Kovalchuk (ankle) is day-to-day and won't play on Friday.
Source: Jon Rosen 11/30/18, 7:51 pm EST
The Kings have agreed to terms with Ilya Kovalchuk on a three-year, $18.75M ($6.25M AAV) contract.
After five years in the KHL, Kovalchuk will return to the NHL in 2019 with the Kings. Kovalchuk scored 31 goals with 32 assists (63 points) in 53 KHL games last season and carried a 1.1 points-per-game and averaged 50 games played, 23-goals and 32 assists in his six seasons in Russia. The Kings’ first line left-winger ranks 92nd at the position, so Kovalchuk is a huge upgrade, even at 35-years-old. He had 11 goals and 20 assists (31 points) in 37 games during his last NHL season.
Source: Jon Rosen 06/24/18, 2:41 pm EST
Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement.
Kovalchuk surprisingly hangs up his skates to likely play in Russia. Kovalchuk retires with 816 points (417 goals) in 816 games.
Kovakchuk will play.
Kovalchuk had been practicing but didn't appear to be close so this is a surprise. Be sure to adjust your lineups and get the sniper in there.
Source: Rich Chere 04/20/13, 6:42 am EST
Kovalchuk won't play Thursday in Philly, but may play in Florida on Saturday.
It was originally reported that Kovalchuk was going to Philly with Devils and would play if he felt okay after morning skate
DeBoer continues to say Kovalchuk is "day to day", which is what he's been saying for a few days now.
Not much of an update on the star winger, but it's safe to leave him on the bench tonight.
Kovlachuk said "It doesn't make too much sense" for him to go to Toronto for Monday's game.
Kovalchuk is just about ready to drop in yearly leagues if you need the roster spot. He hasn't even started doing heavy shooting in practice, yet.
No Ilya Kovalchuk for Devils' morning skate.
There was speculation that Kovalchuk might return tonight, but he will miss his ninth straight game with a shoulder injury.
DeBoer called Kovalchuk day to day but hasn't ruled him out for tomorrow night.
Monitor Kovalchuk's status prior to tomorrow's game.
Source: Rich Chere 04/11/13, 9:04 am EST
Kovalchuk said he will talk to doctor and staff, but doesn't think he will play Friday vs. Ottawa.
The next possible date for him to return would be Monday vs. Toronto.
Ilya Kovalchuk also skating again. Today in a forward's jersey.
Kovalchuk skated yesterday as well, it was the first time he has been on the ice since suffering a shoulder injury on March 23rd. He is not quite ready to return but could be back next week.
Ilya Kovalchuk is on the ice.
Kovalchuk has missed the Devils last seven games with a shoulder injury. New Jersey has struggled without him in the lineup. He is firing light wrist-shots at Brodeur so he clearly is not ready to go yet, but it is a positive sign.
Source: Rich Chere 04/9/13, 6:46 am EST