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LA Kings Gamble By Signing Defenseman Willie Mitchell, Hoping For Big Payoff

EL SEGUNDO, CA — All summer long, fans of the Los Angeles Kings have been waiting with bated breath for their team to make off-season moves to improve the team, only to be let down in a big way, especially with superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk all but a virtual lock to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils, even after his initial contract was rejected by the National Hockey League because it circumvented the league salary cap [the NHL’s decision was later affirmed by an arbirator].

Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi had his sights set squarely on signing Kovalchuk, but even though the Kings were a major player in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes, they lost out to the Devils during the early July free agent frenzy. Read more of this post

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New On KingsCast: Still Waiting For Kovalchuk

The Ilya Kovalchuk Saga is still not over, as the National Hockey League has voided his 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, and now the National Hockey League Players Association has filed a grievance against the league—they are now heading to arbitration. Read more of this post

New On KingsCast: Waiting For Kovalchuk

If, like just about everyone else, you are sick and tired of the interminable Ilya Kovalchuk saga, the latest episode of Overtime by KingsCast is a must-see. Read more of this post

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

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