June 14, 2010 6:56 pm

LeBrun talks Kovalchuk

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, one of the best in the business, unofficially kicked off the summer trade/free-agent season with a strong blog post today, including his thoughts on why the Kings are the “prime landing spot” for Ilya Kovalchuk…

Kovalchuk camp continues to gauge market

Incidentally, I think there is certainly interest on the Kings’ part, but I think the outcome will depend on three things: One, how widespread the NHL interest is in Kovalchuk, because it’s highly unlikely that Dean Lombardi will be in a bidding war. Two, how much the KHL is willing to offer up. Three, and not to be underrated, is whether or not the Kings will have at least a general feeling of how much money it will take to lock up Drew Doughty, who is eligible to sign an extension on July 1.

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