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Ilya Kovalchuk picks Kings over Bruins, others

Scott McLaughlin
June 23, 2018 - 11:45 am

Ilya Kovalchuk will not be coming to Boston. The Russian winger agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Saturday morning. The deal has an average annual value of $6.25 million, according to multiple reports.

The Bruins were reportedly one of the four finalists for Kovalchuk, along with the Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights. The 35-year-old is returning to the NHL after spending the last five seasons playing in Russia. He led the KHL in scoring this past season and was named MVP at the Olympics, where Russia (sorry, Olympic Athletes from Russia) won the gold medal in a field that did not include NHL players.

Kovalchuk seemingly would've been a good replacement for Rick Nash on the Bruins' second line, so it will now be interesting to see what they do there. They could try to bring Nash back, they could look to make a trade (our Sara Civian looked at the possibility of Wayne Simmonds earlier this week), or they could just roll with their young wingers, hope they get it done, and reassess things before the trade deadline.

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