Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to North America has not been successful.
  •  Both for the player and for the Los Angeles Kings.
  • After stuck two consecutive 30-goal seasons in the Russian Continental League (KHL) 35-year-old maverick has only 14 goals in 60 games while maintaining an average of .052 points per game.
  • Head coach Willie Desjardins has decided to leave him in two of the last three meetings of the Kings, which displeased the principal.

After Willie came here, I don’t have a chance.

I play five, six minutes a game.”

“What you can do?

“A few games I play with Kopi,” Kovalchuk said.

“We did well.

We score all five games and then he (Desjardins) decide to change and I never play again, much.

That’s the way he sees the situation.

That’s his decision and he’s the head coach – 10 more games.

What else we can do.

Just practice hard and show the young kids that that thing can happen to anybody.

You just have to keep going.”

“But they’re not playing young guys,” Kovalchuk said. “They’re playing seven D.”

Ilya Kovalchuk
  • Desjardins was hired as John Stevens replacement after 13 games into the season. Kolvachuck produced at a point per game with 14 points in 14 games, but saw his offence dry up after Desjardins was hired.
  • After Willie came here, I don’t have a chance. I play five, six minutes a game.”
  • “A few games I play with Kopi,” Kovalchuk said. “We did well. We score all five games and then he (Desjardins) decide to change and I never play again, much. That’s the way he sees the situation.
  • Kolvachuk has notched 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 60 games in the first of a three-year, $18.75 million contract.

 

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