People are starting to get a look at Ilya Kovalchuk’s new contract. Seems as though it’s for 17 years and $102 million, with a massive but curious form of frontloading. I’m told that, in real dollars, Kovalchuk will make $6 million in the first two seasons and $11.5 million, the maximum allowable, in each of the following five seasons. Over the first 10 years of the contract, Kovalchuk will make $96 million. Numbers like that make it clear that the Kings weren’t even in the same ballpark, in terms of the numbers that mattered to Kovalchuk.