NHL Trade Deadline: Canadiens Trade Ilya Kovalchuk To Capitals For Draft Pick

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Ilya Kovalchuk has (another) new home.

The Montreal Canadiens, who acquired the winger in January on a league-minimum contract, traded him to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, both teams confirmed Sunday.

Montreal will retain half of Kovalchuk’s prorated $700,000 contract. So that means he only will cost the Caps $77,151 against their salary cap, according to Cap Friendly.

The 36-year-old got off to a hot start with the Habs, picking up 10 points in his first 12 games. He slowed down a bit recently, though, as Kovalchuk had just one point over his last 10 games.

He now joins a team looking to get back to its second Stanley Cup Final since the 2017-18 season.

The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports Images

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