Ilya Kovalchuk update #624 … Chicago may now have to move Patrick Sharp

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent met with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi yesterday. Club executives didn’t say much, and there is no indication if they were any closer on a deal. Kovalchuk toured the practice facility and looked around the area to see if it would be comfortable for his family. The Kings still need Kovalchuk to come down from his 10 year, $100 million asking price. Kovalchuk met several Kings players, Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll and Matt Green at the practice facility.
  • EJ Hradek via Twitter: The Chicago Blackhawks could move Reasoner and/or Kopecky to save some cap space. If Niemi is looking to sign for too much, there are other goalies on the market.
  • Pierre LeBrun via Twitter: Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago believes Patrick Sharp may be available now, and he’ll be easier to move.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: So now that the Blackhawks will be matching the 4 year, $14 million offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson, they may now have to shed some more salary. The Hawks have been trying to move Brian Campbell and his $7.14 million cap hit for months with no luck. Patrick Sharp and his $3.9 million cap hit is more likely. Teemu Selanne will meet with Ducks GM Bob Murray next week. If Alexander Frolov doesn’t sign with an NHL club this week, he may head to the KHL where there are interested teams. Alexei Ponikarovsky is getting some interest, but those teams need to clear cap space first.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: The San Jose Sharks are still looking for a defenseman after the Chicago Blackhawks matched their offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson. Signing his own free agents is also a priority for Wilson now, with Devin Setoguchi and Jason Demers at the top of the list.
  • The Toronto Sun: 2008-09 NHL executive salaries:
  • Commissioner Gary Bettman $7,230,783
  • Deputy commissioner Bill Daly $1,910,402
  • Director of hockey operations Colin Campbell $1,389,142
  • Chief financial officer Craig Harnett $938,367
  • Chief operating officer John Collins $878,226
  • Strategist Ed Horne, who is no longer with the league, $794,238
  • General counsel David Zimmerman $577,394
  • EVP, finance, Joseph DeSousa $520,299
  • Director of officiating Stephen Walkom, who is no longer with the league, $488,736
  • SVP, hockey operations, Mike Murphy, $440,317


  1. brown

    07/13/2010 at 9:36 am

    this kovalchuk gate is getting old fast, if he just wants money, 10 years 100 million, Why didn’t he take that deal in Atlanta? He’s looking to win? he obviously going to have to sacrifice some of his pay to be on a contending team.

  2. JoonasJ

    07/13/2010 at 10:25 am

    Kovy, Kopitar, Brown and ofcourse johnson and doughty certainly sounds like a talented core for LA.

  3. thesharkmeister

    07/13/2010 at 10:47 am

    Ten million dollars a year for this overated slug…give me a break. Would you rather have Crosbie, Ovy and about 5 other players that come to mind Toews, Keith alone from the champs or a one dimentionalplayer that couldnt motivate any team he has played for to become serious contenders for anything…offer him what Crosbie gets…no more or tell him to go play with the Europeans over the pond.

    How overated is overated!


  4. Kristina

    07/13/2010 at 11:34 am

    good move with the whole hjalmarsson thing, but i honestly think maybe we could do a trade with brian campbell. He really hasn’t done all that he’s been paid to do. In my opinion, Jordan hendry is better than Brian campbell. Sharpy should stay, i think he is an amazing short handed goal scorer and brings a lot to the hawks. And if all fails with niemi, i’d like to see theodore with the hawks.

  5. Mark Burland

    07/13/2010 at 11:49 am

    Bettman gets $7.2m per year!? That’s crazy!! What does he do to deem such a pay packet?

  6. Nelson

    07/13/2010 at 1:04 pm

    Gut feeling that wife wants L.A. and Kovy will sign a 8 year deal with them at the following amount…

    9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9, 8.5, 8.5, 7.5, 7 = 69 m divided by 8 yrs = 8.625 mil cap hit. Fair contract compared to Crosby and Ovechkin. Then he can be awesome rental for the twilight of his career like Selanne was. Kovalchuk will not collect Ovechkin’s equivalent salary at the tail end of the contract. The Kings will not do it. It’s a longer term for Kovy and it’s a fair cap hit to the Kings. Kovy is just going to have to put pen to paper for the family. The family wants L.A.

    That’s my prediction.

    Let’s see what happens.

    picks and a couple of prospects.

  7. Johnny D

    07/13/2010 at 1:17 pm

    In the $8 million range is where he should be. Say what you want about him being a one dimensional player, but the guy can score, and that is what he gets paid to do.

    Read somewhere yesterday, only 9 players have scored more NHL goals by the age of 27. 8 of them are in the hall of fame, and Jagr will be.

  8. Joseph

    07/13/2010 at 11:57 pm

    Yeah no one’s going to take on Campbell’s salary, you’d probably have to throw in a first round pick just for them to consider it. That’d be a great trade for a team with cap room, getting Campbell and a 1st rounder for nothing :)

    Sweet stat Johnny

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