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Los Angeles Kings Expected To Be Major Player For Ilya Kovalchuk

LOS ANGELES — With unrestricted free agency looming just a little over 24 hours from the time of this writing, it is no secret that the big prize in this year’s free agency frenzy is superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk has averaged more than a point per game throughout his National Hockey League career, which began in the 2001-02 season after he was selected first overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

That first season, the 6-2. 225-pound native of Tver, Russia scored 29 goals and added 22 assists for 51 points in 65 regular season games.

After scoring 38 goals and contributing 29 assists for 67 points in 81 games the next season, Kovalchuk’s NHL career really took off, as he scored at least 41 goals in each of the next six seasons, including 52 goals in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. Read more of this post

Dean Lombardi: The Time To Make A Big Splash May Be Now

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: The following is the first in a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Look for Part 2 later in the week.


Dean Lombardi
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LOS ANGELES — Anyone who follows the National Hockey League knows that Atlanta Thrashers superstar left wing Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract expires on June 30, 2010, and that the Thrashers risk losing him if they are unable to sign him to a contract extension prior to that date.

To this point, the Thrashers have been unable to reach an agreement with Kovalchuk, who many believe is waiting to test the free agent waters in July, and rumor has it that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell is testing the trade waters to try to make sure that if Kovalchuk refuses to sign, that the Thrashers will, at least, get something in return.

That has led to furious, wild speculation in recent days regarding teams that may be in the running for Kovalchuk’s services, and the Los Angeles Kings, with their young, up-and-coming team and enough salary cap room to fit Kovalchuk into their plans, are rumored to be among the favorites.

Many Kings fans are drooling all over themselves, both figuratively and literally, at the thought of seeing Kovalchuk in a Kings jersey. But the question is:

Will Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi pull the trigger? Read more of this post

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LA Kings Win At Florida, Earn 3-2-0 Record On Road Trip – NHL Video

Despite suffering an embarrassing 7-0 blowout loss at Atlanta and being beaten rather soundly in a 4-1 defeat at Chicago, the Los Angeles Kings emerged from their recent five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 record after defeating the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout on November 16. Read more of this post

LA Kings Get Thrashed In Atlanta, 7-0 on NHL Video

Frozen Royalty was on hiatus over the weekend, but it would seem that was just as well, as the Los Angeles Kings also appeared to be on hiatus when they skated into Atlanta on November 13 to face Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers and were blown out, 7-0. Read more of this post

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