July 2010 - Page 2 of 5 - LA Kings Insider
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RFAs all aboard

The Kings have now locked up all their restricted free agents for next season, as Rich Clune, Corey Elkins and Trevor Lewis have signed one-year contracts. (UPDATE: I'm told that all the players accepted their qualifying offers.) Nothing new on the Ilya Kovalchuk front, although you can be almost... Read More
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Day 16

Just to clarify, there's not yet any deal finalized between the Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk, but it's starting to feel as though it could happen at any time. A couple people are starting to get more cryptic with their denials, so we shall see. It's worth noting that Tim Leiweke is doing business in Eur... Read More
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Cliche on board

In some actual Kings news, Marc-Andre Cliche accepted his qualifying offer yesterday. He will make $660,000 next season and is eligible to become a restricted free agent again next summer. I thought about going with a ``Kings sign forward'' headline, but decided I didn't want to deal with the bomb t... Read More
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Misc. notes

A couple notes… -- Unless the Kings reach agreement on a contract with Brad Richardson in the next week, he will have his arbitration hearing on July 23 in Toronto. -- Tickets for the Kings' ``Hockey Fest,'' to be held Sept. 11 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, go on sale today, and 2... Read More
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Time marches on…

It doesn't appear as though there will be any Ilya Kovalchuk drama this afternoon or tonight. Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, was scheduled to return to New York today, but beyond that, it doesn't appear that anything has changed. Onward to Day 15, it seems. In local news, for those curious abou... Read More
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Salary-cap math

As we commemorate the two-week mark of the Kovalchuk drama -- Remember July 1? It was a much simpler time... -- let's look at what seems to be a moderately-held misconception about contracts in the salary-cap era, such as the idea that a contract that pays an average of $8.5 million a year is always... Read More
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Still waiting

As much as I'd like to tell you otherwise -- believe me, I'd like nothing more -- there's just nothing to indicate that there's any finality in the Kings-Kovalchuk situation. I had good reason to believe there would be resolution tonight, but that doesn't appear to be the case. To reiterate, as soon... Read More
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Day 13

Kings officials are maintaining their public silence this morning/early afternoon, although I suspect that either way, this Ilya Kovalchuk saga is unlikely to go to a 14th day. Just as soon as there is any news to be posted, it will be posted…... Read More
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All quiet

The Kings, so far, have declined comment about today's meetings with Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent, which, for all we know, could still be ongoing (especially if Dean Lombardi broke out his charts). I'm still hoping for a phone call with some insight, but for now, just wanted to let everyone know tha... Read More
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The Meeting(s)

Just a couple things as we hopefully creep toward some type of resolution on this Ilya Kovalchuk situation… Most importantly, there is no deal in place and there is no press conference scheduled. If you follow college sports, think of this as a version of a recruiting trip, a chance to talk face ... Read More
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Lombardi quote

Here's the quote from Dean Lombardi, in regard to reports that Ilya Kovalchuk will visit Los Angeles and/or sign with the Kings... ``Kovalchuk is only coming here for a visit,'' Lombardi said. ``It is a great opportunity for him to meet us and us to meet him. Reports of us announcing a signing to... Read More
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Sunday funday?

I'm aware of the Twitter report from Rogers Sportsnet's Daren Millard that the Kings have won ``the process'' for Ilya Kovalchuk and will announce tomorrow. No confirmation yet. One strong team source has just said that there is ``continued engagement,'' but that no announcement is imminent. Updates... Read More