Helene Elliot has reported that “Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Sunday afternoon that the high-scoring free agent decided against joining the Kings, who had targeted him as the productive winger they urgently need and a marquee player who might generate some buzz around town.”

Beyond Lombardi’s quote that he took his best shot but could not meet the team and Ilya’s needs, we don’t know anything else.

Helene reports, “He would not elaborate on where the Kings’ offer fell short or where Kovalchuk might be headed. The New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders have also shown interest in signing the dynamic winger, who earlier this year turned down offers from Atlanta worth $101 million over 12 years and $70 million over seven years.”

I don’t know about you, but I need a beer.

Categories: L.A. Kings News


4 replies

  1. The suspense was exciting while it lasted. Time to move on. Dean probably did what is best for the team anyway.

  2. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had many beers.

    I apologize to our faithful, I have been insanely busy but will grace you all with words you hopefully care to hear soon.

  3. Don’t lose faith…could be wll played Dean come Monday:

    Chris Botta Tweets:
    Dean Lombardi says the Kings are out in race for Kovalchuk, but of course they’re not. Just tired of being played, for now.

    Maybe not down, Pierre. Have to believe Dean thought, OK, pull that __ Friday, here’s my reaction. He’ll take Jay’s call.

    If you’re out of the bidding for a player, you just stop bidding. If you want to make a play, tell the media.


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