Kovalchuk tells Russian paper he has not spoken to the Rangers

Kovalchuk (KHL)

While many in the hockey world feel that Ilya Kovalchuk in a Rangers sweater is all but certain (myself included), the winger told Sports.ru that he has not spoken with them. Matter of fact, he hasn’t spoken to any team.

Hold Your Horses

Kovalchuk had to tell friends who called to congratulate him that he has no deal in place. He joked that’s how the Russian press works. Ultimately, he says there’s lots of time and family to consider before making a decision.

He did state that he spoke with several teams last summer, 3 of which did not make the playoffs. We know, for certain that one team was the Rangers. While there is mutual interest, there is a long road before a deal can be reached.

I’m still confident in Kovalchuk on Broadway.

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