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Montreal Canadiens sign Ilya Kovalchuk

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The contract is for the remainder of the season.

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The Montreal Canadiens have continued their shakeup, signing forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a contract.

The contract is a two-way contract that will pay Kovalchuk $700,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. He would still need waivers to be sent to the American Hockey League. He has signed for the rest of this season.

Kovalchuk was a free agent after being bought out by the Los Angeles Kings and will provide depth to the team up front. Kovalchuk had three goals and six assists in 17 games with the Kings this season. In 64 games last year, he had 16 goals and 18 assists in 64 games.

In 897 career NHL games, he has 436 goals and 423 assists. While he isn’t the player he was in his prime he may be able to provide a punch to the team that is missing Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, and Paul Byron especially on the power play.