While 2018 will be the summer of John Tavares around the NHL, particularly for the Islanders, there's another intriguing name being discussed for the team: Ilya Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk had reportedly identified the Islanders as a fit, according to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger.
Kovalchuk, 35, last played in the NHL for the Devils in 2012/13 before departing for the KHL. This season, he scored 31 goals in 53 games for St. Petersburg, his second consecutive season scoring 30 goals.
"An interesting twist to all of this is the possibility of Ilya Kovalchuk perhaps identifying Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders as a fit," Dreger said. "We believe Kovalchuk want a two, maybe a three year deal at $6-plus million. So we'll see if there's some work that can get done there."
Kovalchuk has scored 30 goals in nine of his 12 seasons in the NHL while playing for the Atlanta Thrashers and Devils.