Rangers reaffirmed as a destination for Ilya Kovalchuk

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Ilya Kovalchuk is coming back and he’s meeting with teams right now. As far as 8 teams have been linked or confirmed as interested in the 35 year old’s services.

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Darren Dregger mentioned that the Rangers are among the teams interested in Kovalchuk.

Per FRS Hockey:

“I’m going to give you a list of teams that I believe are interested in Ilya Kovalchuk,” noted Dreger during a Tuesday morning radio hit on Monteal’s TSN 690. “And I’m going to qualify that level of interest. Detroit, as I tweeted earlier today, definitely made a push. The St. Louis Blues have interest, Anaheim, Dallas, the New York Islanders. I’d put that group as potential dark horse teams.”

“And then beyond that, probably more solid contenders include the likes of San Jose and Los Angeles, and I’d put the Boston Bruins in that group and maybe the New York Rangers as well. So there’s a total of nine teams.”

Winning A Cup and Being Close To Home

Ilya Kovalchuk has repeated his return to the NHL is to win a Cup. However, Craig Custance wrote in the Athletic that Ilya maintains a home in New York. So could the Rangers convince him they’re committed to winning a Championship in the next 2-3 years, thus giving them an advantage due to familiarity and comfort?

That’s a big if, but a possibility that remains until he signs on the dotted line with an NHL team on July 1st.