Day 16: Kings, Kovalchuk Getting Closer To Deal

Stop me if you've heard this before, but it seems, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the Kings are "98% sure" they'll sign free agent left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, the prize of this summer's NHL free agents.

One source familiar with the discussions said he’s 98% sure it will get done and that Kovalchuk will be a King. But in a process as bizarre as this one has been at every step, and with neither Kovalchuk’s agent nor  Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi  willing to comment, that 2% is too much wiggle room.

Of course, as Kings fans can attest the past 16 days, the two sides have been down this road before.

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