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Ilya Kovalchuk has his mind made up on his hockey future

Tim Tucker   ·   21 janvier 2020
Despite receiving a lucrative offer from Avangard Omsk of the KHL when his contract was terminated by the L.A. Kings, there's word Ilya Kovalchuk never even considered a return to Russia. In fact, according to Russian reporter Igor Eronko, Kovalchuk has just one goal and intends to stay in the NHL until he reaches it.

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Eronko says Kovalchuk has his sights set on the Stanley Cup, something the once prolific scorer has never won. Kovalchuk has all kinds of other trophies, including two Gagarin Cups from the KHL, two Olympic gold medals, a Rocket Richard award, among others. The Stanley Cup, however, has eluded him so far.

After parting ways with the L.A. Kings in December, Kovalchuk signed on for the rest of the season with the Montreal Canadiens at the league minimum. He's been earning every penny of it so far, with eight points in eight games (four goals, four assists). Realistically, his chances of winning a cup with the Habs this season are extremely small. While not impossible, the team will have to battle hard just to make the playoffs. Should Kovalchuk continue at his current pace, he could make a great addition to a Cup contender at the trade deadline, or could wait until July 1st to sign elsewhere.



Kovalchuk will be 37-years-old before this current season ends, so his window to keep playing certainly isn't open very wide. He has shown some flashes of his former self with Montreal these last few games, though and it's not a stretch to think he'll have many suitors at the deadline or at the end of the season, depending on how Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to proceed.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
58 92
DAVID PASTRNAK
59 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
56 77
BRAD MARCHAND
59 74
JACK EICHEL
57 73
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
PATRICK KANE
58 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
59 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
59 42
AUSTON MATTHEWS
59 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
58 33
JACK EICHEL
57 32
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
58 59
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
BRAD MARCHAND
59 51
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
58 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
57 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
58 46
QUINN HUGHES
57 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
57 44
CALE MAKAR
49 42
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
VICTOR OLOFSSON
43 37
DOMINIK KUBALIK
56 35
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
41 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
43 24
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
48 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
27 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
48 4
JAMES REIMER
23 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
26 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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