With the Bruins on a four-game losing streak and so many injuries to the forward group could the Boston Bruins bring in a veteran scorer like Ilya Kovalchuck who was just bought out by the LA Kings?
For years now, Boston Bruins have been trying to find a goal scorer to put next to Krejci on the second line to get some consistency that left when Milan Lucic got traded years ago and Kovalchuck could be an option. The Bruins kicked the tires on the 36-year-old back when he was a free agent back in 2018. Kovalchuck who is was in the NHL back in 2004 when he won the Rocket Richard trophy and then left to go play in the KHL for some time. The Bruins were one of the favorites to sign Kovalchuck when he was a free agent in 2018 but the Kings jumped on the opportunity to resign the pure goal scorer and within 14 games he had 14 points. He was living up to his three-year 18 million dollar deal until the rest of the team diminished around him. Many think that he can still play and at a high enough level to produce goals on the powerplay or in 5v5 play. He has been in a slump as of late as he only has 4 points, with only 1 goal in his past 13 games.
The Kings looked at the possibility of trading the 36-year-old but his 6.25 million a year cap hit was too big for teams to swallow and so the Kings have released him.
Kovalchuck may make a return to the KHL as he was an animal over there but if he still wants to play in the NHL I’m sure teams will be calling about his health and what he expects for a contract. If he were to sign a new team, we can expect that it will be nowhere near his 6.25 million a year that he got from the Kings. To me, this seems like a low-risk high-reward type of signing because he wouldn’t be breaking grounds with some massive deal and he could bring some serious goal-scoring ability if he can find his game once again.
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