Don’t bury Kovalchuk to the Rangers just yet

In the last few days, there’s been plenty of information about how San Jose or Boston are ready to obtain Ilya Kovalchuk. Another team that has also become a top candidate to land his services are the St. Louis Blues. So what happened to the earlier reports that Ilya to the Rangers was all but done?

Kovalchuk and the Rangers

From what I’ve learned, seen, read, and heard dating all the way back to last season, I don’t believe the Rangers are out of the mix. I even tweeted this out earlier today:

At this point, Kovalchuk and the Rangers are playing out like a soap opera. Reporters out of Russia claimed in April he had a deal with the Rangers but couldn’t sign it to July 1st. Then Kovalchuk stated that he never spoke to the Rangers and this was all made up before flying over and then having conversations with the Rangers.

Still, the most revealing and important piece of information in this whole entire drama came directly from the mouth of Jeff Gorton at the NHL Draft Lottery. He said, “It’s fair to say that’s something we’re going to look at again further and see what’s going on.”  So why are we to disregard months of info and a quote from Gorton only to assume the Rangers are out on Kovalchuk? Simply put, no one should.

The draft is this Friday, and the Rangers must focus on that for sure. However, I don’t think we have heard the last of Kovalchuk and the Rangers yet.


Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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