Don Sweeney Confirms Bruins Have Been In Contact With Ilya Kovalchuk.

Published June 13, 2018 at 11:49

The Boston Bruins are expected to make a couple of changes during the offseason, and it looks like they might be ready to make a big one. 

According to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, the Bruins and unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk have mutual interest. 

NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun has also labeled the Bruins as a "top contender" for the free agent forward. 

As for Sweeney, it seems Kovalchuk is one of the top names on his list this summer. 

"I've been in contact with his group," Sweeney told The Boston Globe's Matt Porter. "For obvious reasons — about 230 pounds and still scores goals. He is 35, so you have to factor that in, but he brings a lot to the table. I hope he looks at (the Bruins) and says, ‘That's a team I'd be interested in.' He indicated that, but you know, until I get a chance to sit with him, I won't know that exactly."

Sweeney was also asked about the chances the Bruins sign both Kovalchuk and Rick Nash and the Bruins GM said it could only be one of them. 

The 35 year old Kovalchuk has spent the last five seasons in the KHL where he's put up 138 goals and 189 assists for 327 points in 299 games played. 
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