As reported previously, the Los Angeles Kings are ready to blow things up and begin their rebuild.
We've seen some big names become healthy scratches lately including Ilya Kovalchuk and Tyler Toffoli.
Both of them are on the trade block and Kovalchuk was told he won't be back in the lineup anytime soon.
Complicating Kovalchuk's situation is the fact that he has a full no movement clause which has handicapped the Kings from trading him.
From The Hockey News:
"According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Ilya Kovalchuk will be granted his release by the Kings, with more details expected to emerge shortly.
Once Kovalchuk’s contract is terminated by the Kings, which will not offer Los Angeles cap relief as he’s signed to a 35-plus contract, he will be presented with several options: he could return to the KHL, but he will also be free to join another NHL organization, likely on a deal worth significantly less as a low-risk, high-reward option for an offensively starved team. "
Kovalchuk could still be successful if put in the proper situation.
Do you think he'll sign with another team or head back to the KHL?