Various sources in Russia talked about the Flyers being in on Ilya Kovalchuk this past weekend and today Igor Larin and Slava Malamud at Sport Express not only confirmed this, but also revealed some details.
As it looks right now, Kovalchuk will decide between the offers by SKA St.Petersburg of the KHL and the New Jersey Devils.
The offer by SKA became the most preferred option to Kovalchuk after the past weekend when the NHL teams came up with their own proposals. The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings were prepared to pay Kovalchuk about seven million dollars a year, the New Jersey Devils eight million dollars. If we talk about the money after taxes, the NHL offers would guarantee Kovalchuk about half the money SKA is offering. The actual numbers of the offer by the New York Islanders - reported 100 million dollars over 10 years - were more modest than reported and caused them falling out of the race.
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