Sports Flyers don't intend to pursue free agent Kovalchuk

21:10  14 june  2018
21:10  14 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Should the Rangers Pursue Ilya Kovalchuk ? I won’ t rehash, but instead state a few quick hits. The Rangers will need talent for 2018-19, and have the cap space. That will include draft selections, the coaching decision and other moves surrounding trades and free agency .

New York Rangers: Should Ilya Kovalchuk be pursued ? Kovalchuk ’s situation is unlike any other. While he is technically a free agent , only one team may strike a deal with him: the New Jersey Devils.

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Ilya Kovalchuk is eyeing an NHL return, but it won't be with the Philadelphia Flyers.

At a media availability Thursday, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters, including Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the team is interested in signing free agents to short-term agreements. Then he added that Philadelphia has no plans to speak with Kovalchuk's representatives, according to Adam Kimelman of NHL.com.

Kovalchuk, who has spent the past five seasons in the KHL, is prepared to return to the NHL now that he's an unrestricted free agent. His rights were held by the New Jersey Devils prior to this offseason, but now that he's over age 35, Kovalchuk is free to sign with any team.

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New York Rangers Analysis. Should the Rangers Pursue Ilya Kovalchuk ? Now, Kovalchuk can come over as an unrestricted free agent . This time, however, Kovalchuk will be UFA, no strings attached.

Unless he can trade veteran defenseman Mark Streit or fading winger Matt Read, the Flyers don ' t have the money to pursue top free agents such as Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, or Loui Eriksson.

Related: Devils haven't held talks with free agent Kovalchuk

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are among the teams that have held discussions with Kovalchuk, while the New York Rangers also checked in on the Russian winger.

Kovalchuk can't officially sign until July 1. He scored 63 points in 53 games with the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA last season.

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