The Canadian offers a contract to both components at the attacker Ilya Kovalchuk

Le Canadien offre un contrat à deux volets à l'attaquant Ilya Kovalchuk

Selected at the top of the NHL draft by the Thrashers in Atlanta in 2001, Kovalchuk has accumulated 436 goals and 423 aids in 897 NHL games in his career.

January 3, 2020 12h17

Updated at 15h24

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The Canadian offers a contract to both components at the attacker Ilya Kovalchuk

Alexis Belanger-Champagne

The Canadian Press

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BROSSARD — The director general of the Montreal canadiens, Marc Bergevin, has continued to go in search of reinforcements by hiring the attacker Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk has agreed to a contract to both sides of a value of $700,000 US in the NHL and US $70,000 in the american League, on Friday.

The Canadian has also secured the services of defender Marco Scandella of Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

36-year-old Kovalchuk has recorded three goals and six helpers in 17 games with the Los Angeles Kings this season. His contract was however terminated on December 17, since Kovalchuk was no longer in the plans of the team.

His latest output dates back to the 9th of November, at the Bell Centre to face the Canadian.

The Kings had previously awarded a contract for three seasons and 18.75 million $ to Kovalchuk in the summer of 2018. Kovalchuk was a return to the NHL after a stay of five seasons in the kontinental hockey League (KHL) with the SKA Saint-Petersburg. He was back in Russia even though he was still under contract with the New Jersey Devils. It had only been three seasons of a contract of 15 campaigns and a US $100 million with the Devils.

Selected at the top of the NHL draft by the Thrashers in Atlanta in 2001, Kovalchuk has accumulated 436 goals and 423 aids in 897 games in the NHL with the Thrashers, the Devils and the Kings.

The acquisition of Kovalchuk is the most recent bet at low risk for Bergevin. He often extended a pole to veterans in the end of the career in the past, with little success, however.

The attacker Alexander Semin and defenceman Mark Streit have seen their contract be terminated after a short stay with the Habs, respectively, in 2015 and 2017. They had, however, accepted agreements during the summer, and not in the middle of the campaign.

The hiring of Kovalchuk indicates that Bergevin hopes to see his team get back on track and fight for a playoff spot until the end.

The Canadian has lost its last four games. He is deprived of forwards Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron and Joel Armia.

The Habs will pick up the necklace on Saturday when it will host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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