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Report: Ilya Kovalchuk talks might conclude Monday, prepare grain of salt

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I know many of you (myself included) are in “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” mode when it comes to Ilya Kovalchuk talk. After all, there have been plenty of false starts in the process.

The latest rumor comes from’s Darren Millard on Twitter.

Kovy-gate comes 2 an end tomorrow. Kings win the process. Don’t want announc[e]ment 2 get overshadowed by WC.

The always-solid Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider doesn’t confirm or deny Millard’s report.

No confirmation yet. One strong team source has just said that there is “continued engagement,” but that no announcement is imminent. Updates will be forthcoming if necessary.

At this point, I’ll be happy as long as he stays in the NHL. That doesn’t guarantee I’ll agree with the contract that is handed out, but the league would be at a great loss if - to paraphrase LeBron James - Kovalchuk took his talents to Russia.

We’ll keep you updated on the process. Monday could be a big day in the history of the Los Angeles Kings (or New Jersey Devils? Or someone else?).