Ilya Kovalchuk not coming to the Kings
The Kings have struck out in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.
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.
"We took our best shot to meet his needs and the team's," Lombardi said in an email.
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.
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-- Helene Elliott