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Report: KHL team SKA might be close to landing Ilya Kovalchuk

Jul 4, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for russiakovalchuk.jpgThe Russian newspaper Sport-Express reports that Ilya Kovalchuk may be close to signing with a KHL team, according to a Tweet by Alexander Zaitsev of Russian Hockey

Sport-Express is reporting that SKA has offered Kovalchuk a $36m/4-year contract. Kovy wants $40m. If SKA gives him $40m he will sign soon

That’s not the type of offer that would be unthinkable among some of the NHL teams, though. While a $9-10 million annual salary/cap hit is a bit much for the Russian winger, the shorter term would allow his pursuer a little more piece of mind. It makes you wonder what kind of offer the Kings actually sent his way.

Keep in mind this is only a rumor, though. It’s quite possible that he’ll end up in the NHL after all.

If he ends up signing with SKA, however, the KHL would have its answer to Bobby Hull signing with the WHA way back when.

  1. josh alley - Jul 5, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    it’s a done deal. I’ve said it from the beginning, it’s Kings or KHL for Kovalchuk. I thought the Kings would be the only logical place to go to win sooner, especially sooner than the islanders. It seems Russia is the way he’s going.

  2. Alexander Zaitsev - Jul 5, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Not to forget about the tax rate in Russia, which is only 13%. Compare it to 40-50% in the North America.

  3. raj - Jul 5, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    kovalchuk is a piece of shit.. no one should wonder what the kings’ offer was.. kovy’s worth no more than 7-8 mil per max.. i can’t believe how overrated this guy has become in the past 6 months.. he’s a one-dimensional player who scores and loses.. if ovechkin and crosby get paid 9 mil per, kovy’s salary shouldn’t approach that number

  4. Paul - Jul 5, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    raj: Serious? He has averaged 46 goals per year for the last 5 seasons, he has more assists than goals for the last 2 years, he puts up incredible minutes, and this most recent year he was a plus player on a losing team, and was 10-17-27 and a plus 9 for the devils over 27 games. In the play offs he was 2-4-6 from 5 games and even (even though the Devels went down 4-1.
    Who in the NHL can put bet those numbers over those years? He has simply been on a weak team. Imagine what could have been.
    Salary cap is hurting NHL, would be sad day to see him lost to KHL.

  5. dumbass - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    ilya kovalchuk is overrated, he doesnt play as a team, he is out for himself, wants the easy way out just like lebron james. Way overrated!

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