Ilya Kovalchuk leaves Los Angeles Kings, contract to be terminated

first_imgThe Ilya Kovalchuk era in Los Angeles is over.On Monday, it was announced that Kovalchuk had left the team and was being placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. The 36-year-old had not played for the Kings since Nov. 9, and was reportedly being shopped around despite holding a no movement clause. TSN reported that Kovalchuk had received the final signing bonus for his contract on Sunday, but he will still count as a $6.25 million hit against the Kings’ salary cap through the end of next season. The Russian forward signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings in 2018. MORE: Which NHL head coaches are now on the hot seat?Once he clears waivers and has his contract terminated as expected, Kovalchuk will become an unrestricted free agent. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that, along with the remainder of this season’s wages, Kovalchuk will forfeit his 2020-21 salary — $4.25 million with no other bonuses, according to CapFriendly — by leaving the Kings.The first overall pick in the 2001 draft, Kovalchuk has 436 goals and 859 points in 897 NHL games. With the Kings, Kovalchuk tallied nine points (three goals) in 17 games this season.last_img read more