Here is his quote: “Nobody put any timing on me, so I decided to take my time, to go there (to L.A.), met the general manager, a couple of guys on the team and that only helped me to make my decision. I don’t know what I learned, but that’s how it should be. When you agree to stay with a team for the rest of your career, you want to be 110 percent sure you’re making the right decision.”

“It wasn’t really about money. It was more where are you going to spend the rest of your hockey life, but after that, when you spend that kind of time in a city you may stay there for the rest of your life. That was the main concern for us, what kind of area is here and what kind of schools are here. I have three kids. It’s really all about the family.”

So, using today’s quotes (including the one which I posted earlier about how he, looking back, could not imagine playing for any team other than the Devils), we have:

1. Ilya Kovalchuk never intended to play for the Kings;

2. Coming to Los Angeles, meeting Dean Lombardi and a couple of the players (which we understood to actually be three, specifically Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown but maybe a couple means three in Russia, kind of like a couple means five in Utah) helped him decide New Jersey was definitely for him; and

3. He prefers the New Jersey lifestyle for his family over that of L.A.

…and Dean would even consider having him here? Integrity be damned I suppose. Perhaps Lombardi doesn’t know about the quotes yet. Besides, an LA tattoo stamped over one of NJ…that would be a mess.