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Report: Kings, Kovalchuk Close To Deal

The on-again, off-again negotiations between free agent left winger Ilya Kovalchuck and the Los Angeles Kings appear to be on again. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported via Twitter that the two sides are on the verge of a deal:

A big swing in the Ilya/Kings talks. Major stumbling blocks have been rectified. A source now described it to me as “close but not done”

Matt “Money” Smith of the Petros and Money radio show on Fox Sports Radio reported the contract would be a long one:

Kovi looks done 15 yrs 80 mil. Structure being finished. Kings