The 35-year-old free agent is headed to Los Angeles. What does that mean for other free agents, trade targets and the Kovy runners-up?
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Greg Wyshynski ESPN
Ilya Kovalchuk's selection of the Los Angeles Kings for his next NHL destination was eight years in the making. In 2010, he only had two teams he was considering: The New Jersey Devils, with whom he would sign a ridiculous (and illegal, it turns out) 17-year contract; and the Kings, who courted him heavily. "New Jersey offered more money. Simple as that. We threw everything we had at him while leaving cap space necessary to sign our kids," said CEO Tim Leiweke at the time. Leiweke is now in Seattle, closing in on bringing an NHL team there. Kovalchuk, 35, is now a member of the Kings for $6.25 million annually for the next three seasons. Funny how things work out.
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Ilya Kovalchuk, who retired from the NHL in 2013 to play with St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, has agreed to a three-year deal with the L.A. Kings.
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Andrew Heaney pitched seven solid innings in another quality start, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sinking New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood's effective pitching.
Liz Cambage scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Aerial Powers had 16 points and eight rebounds to help the Dallas Wings beat the Los Angeles Sparks 101-72 on Friday night.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will skip a scheduled rehab start and instead will start for Los Angeles on Saturday against the Mets in New York.
The Lakers officially informed LiAngelo Ball he will not be on their summer league team, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Ball went undrafted Thursday night.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
As far as ESPN's draft analytics model is concerned, there was plenty of value to be found in the second round last night. In addition to these, the Mavericks picked up two talented players very late in Ray Spalding (Analytics Rank: 24) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (30).
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss radical ideas for the MLBPA, Manny Machado's trade value, Mike Trout & more (:19). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on Bryce Harper & Juan Soto (26:25), Marly Rivera on the Mets and much more (39:09).
Buster recaps all of Thursday's MLB action including a vintage performance by Madison Bumgarner, Luis Valbuena's big day and Juan Soto continuing to swing a hot bat.
GM Rob Pelinka says he knows other teams will not be eager to help the Lakers as they target multiple superstars in the upcoming NBA free agency.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
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Luis Valbuena homered twice, Kole Calhoun connected for the second consecutive game and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Thursday night.