Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman wrote that one of the subplots around the Olympics will be pending UFA Ilya Kovalchuk. (Sportsnet)
Kovalchuk is eligible to sign with any team this summer and Friedman wrote that it's believed his "eyes are on New York." (Sportsnet)
Friedman said later in the week that he thinks that the Rangers would be Kovalchuk's top choice. (Fan Rag)
- The Rangers were believed to be where Kovalchuk wanted to play last season, when he wanted to return to the NHL, before deciding to stay in the KHL another year.
Larry Brooks wrote on Friday, "Oh, hello Ilya Kovalchuk." (NY Post)
Kovalchuk leads the KHL in scoring this season with 63 points in 53 games.