Its official, Ilya Kovalchuk has indeed signed.
The highly sought after super sniper unrestricted free agent has teams who can afford him, and some that cant, hanging onto every word his agent Jay Grossman says to them in person, or his twitter account. Fans and reporters even moreso.
No one has been able to get the Russian star to sign for them. Yet, I managed to get him to earlier this season, and it didnt even cost me a penny... and whenever I find a buyer for this item, he'll have even paid ME to sign. I even managed to get the sniper to sign more than once this year. Basically, if I show up where Ilya is, he seems to be a willing signer.
This is why I am offering my services to any GM who really wants Kovalchuk to sign to hire me. I dont know what an Assistant G.M. makes these days, but I will take the minimum. You will be getting someone that has managed to get Ilya Kovalchuk to sign...several times..... and for a lot less than 10 million dollars a year.
With teams like his former squad the New Jersey Devils, along with New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings being heavily rumoured in the mix, there is a lot of demand for this former 2 time 50 goal scorer & 2004 Rocket Richard trophy winner. One thing its fair to say is... his original team, the Atlanta Thrashers arent even an after thought for their former franchise player. But who knows. With me there, maybe their GM can get him to sign?
General Managers... feel free to contact me. I will listen to reasonable offers.... Unlike the man you are trying to sign.
The L.A. Kings were in town, but I wasnt too concerned. So I barely put in an effort for them. They were here on the same day there was an autographe vent for local legend Trevor Linden, so I passed going for them after practice. So my report is pretty thin.
JONATHAN QUICK & ERIK ERSBERG- no reports
DAVIS DREWISKE- 0 autographs. I had nothing for him, but watched as he signed everything asked of him.
DREW DOUGHTY, RANDY JONES, JACK JOHNSON, MATT GREENE, SEAN ODONNELL, ROB SCUDERI- no reports
DUSTIN BROWN- 1 autogrpah. With a small crowd of only 3-4 people, Dustin still only signed 1 item when 2 were presented.
JUSTIN WILLIAMS- 1 autograph. A notoriously bad signer, signed but looked quite put out to be doing it. Strict 1 per.
WAYNE SIMMONDS- 2 autographs. Not much of a signature, but he signed multiples at least.
BRAYDEN SCHENN- 0 autographs. Willingly signed whatever was asked of him by those with items.
ANZE KOPITAR, RYAN SMYTH, JARRET STOLL, ALEXANDER FROLOV, MICHAL HANDZUS, SCOTT PARSE, TEDDY PURCELL, RAITIS IVANANS, BRAD RICHARDSON- no reprots
BILL RANFORD- 5 autographs. 6 items presented, did 5 & handed the pen back quite firmly. Still happy with 5, just always find it interesting when a player signs so many then stops 1 short of all of them.
in other news...
TREVOR LINDEN- 4 autographs. Did them with a smile on his face. Hes become a really great signer at these events that he is doing since retiring.
Los Angeles autographs- 9
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