It was reported last night that Ilya Kovalchuk has switched agents and joined up with CAA to represent him as he returns to the NHL. (Dreger)
Darren Dreger tweeted that JP Barry, one of the top NHL agents, is in discussions with teams about Kovalchuk.
Bob McKenzie said on TSN 1050 this morning that, his guess, is that Kovalchuk is likely to get a two-year deal to return to the NHL.
In speaking about Kovalchuk, McKenzie said, "there are a lot of people who thought that the Rangers are a team he wants to play for and that he might be predisposed to work and live in Manhattan and I think that even though the Rangers are in a rebuild, it's more of a soft-rebuild and while they are infusing their lineup with all of these young players, and more to come, they are looking at other things they can do to keep the team competitive and make it a shorter rebuild than a longer rebuild."
McKenzie noted that there is some risk associated with Kovalchuk in that since he would be signing an over-35 contract, if at any point he decides not to fulfill the length of it, the money would still count against the cap.
Jeff Gorton confirmed at the Draft Lottery that he had touched base with reps for Kovalchuk.
There is a belief that the Islanders will be players for Kovalchuk after hiring Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello signed Kovalchuk to a 15-year deal in New Jersey.