The Kings have renewed interest in Ilya Kovalchuk.
The former NHL scoring dynamo visited the team’s practice facility and met with Kings President Luc Robitaille and general manager Rob Blake, among other staff members, on Friday, a team official confirmed. The visit was first reported by Darren Dreger of TSN.
Kovalchuk, 35, is believed to be eyeing a return to the NHL, where he last played in 2012-13, for the New Jersey Devils. He returned to his native Russia after that lockout season and reportedly signed a four-year contract to play for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Kovalchuk and the Kings had a similar meeting in July of 2010 when Kovalchuk was exploring free agency.