Kings fans happy with Kovalchuk decision

TFP Columnist Dennis Bernstein, based in Los Angeles, explores the psyche of the Kings’ fan base.

[LOS ANGELES, CA] — Although March 3 is the NHL trade deadline, the deal that will stand to be the biggest of this season was consummated 27 days earlier.

A few weeks ago, the hockey earth moved in the Deep South when Ilya Kovalchuk was extracted from a 7-and-a-half year sentence of hard labor in the Peach State.

While it’s hard to imagine that the gritty destination of Newark, N.J. would be a safe harbor for anyone, much less one of the world’s best (but not THE best) hockey players, Kovalchuk expressed happiness to join the perennial contender.

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