Russian revolution: Kovalchuk to join Ovechkin at Washington Capitals after NHL trade deal Russian NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk will team up with compatriot Alexander Ovechkin at the Washington Capitals after being traded by the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the deal on Sunday night, just one day before the NHL trade deadline.
This will be the third team for Kovalchuk, who started the season with the Los Angeles Kings before moving to the Canadiens in January.
The 36-year-old left winger had his contract with the Kings terminated after recording just three goals and six assists in 17 games. The forward signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens after being placed on waivers by the Kings.
Having played 22 games with the Canadian team, registering 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists), Kovalchuk now moves to Washington where he will join fellow Russians Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Ovechkin has warmly welcomed his new partner, dedicating a social media post to Kovalchuk.
“Welcome to the team,” the Stanley Cup winner wrote on his Instagram page.
Kovalchuk spent 11 seasons in the NHL before leaving the league in 2013 to play six seasons in the KHL. He later returned to the league, signing a contract with the Kings during the 2018-19 season.