If you believe every single fucking person on the internet... Ilya Kovalchuk will be signing a contract with the Los Angeles Kings sometime on Monday. I'll believe it when I see it... but is there any Kings fan out there that doesn't think Dean will get it done and get it done with a decent deal? Apparently, Ilya Kovalchuk is in Los Angeles right now so that he and the Kings Or-gan-i-zation can meet face to face. Yeah, right... these multi-million dollar contracts are always hammered out over a Double-Double Animal Style at In N Out Burger. So there is a good chance that Kovy is tooling around Los Angeles right now in his Dodge rental car trying to figure out how to pronounce Sepulveda. If he's like any of the hockey bloggers that came to Los Angeles for the Entry Draft... he's probably tweeting about how much the traffic sucks.
Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to Sharkeez?
I'm supposed to meet Jarret Stoll there.
If you happen to see Kovy wandering around The Grove, be sure to go up to him and say hi and that you'd really like him to play hockey in Los Angeles for cheap-ish. But the biggest meeting will be when the 27 year old Kovalchuk meets the current best Los Angeles Kings player signed to a long-term contract... 22 year-old Anze Kopitar. I've said it before, but I think it might go something like this...
Come on, bro. You know you want to join me here...
kneeled awkwardly on a crown.
Fun fact: At ten days and counting, the Ilya Kovalchuk Sweepstakes have lasted longer than any post-season Kovalchuk has ever experienced.
Tomorrow has the possibility of being the biggest day in Los Angeles Kings history since... well, some Canuck got traded here.