Kings Want Marleau Or Kovalchuk

Todd CordellCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 9:  The Los Angeles Kings logo is shown on the ice before the game against the San Jose Sharks on November 9, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Sharks won 7-3. (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)
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According to Pierre LeBrun of, the LA kings will be looking to make a splash come July 1st, though their is a chance none of these players will become UFA's the chances are at least 1 of them will be. The LA Kings have a ton of interest in potential UFA forwards Patrick Marleau and Ilya Kovalchuk. The LA Kings tried to acquire Ilya Kovalchuk at the deadline but apparently the Kings offer was not as good as the Devils.

I personally think they LA Kings have a very good shot at signing Marleau or Kovalchuk as Kovalchuk is not sure if he wants to remain a Devil or hit the open market.

As for Marleau, his wife wants him to stay in California with her and his kids and Patrick is a family guy so he will stay on the West Coast.

Marleau's #1 priority is to re-sign with the Sharks however, due to the Sharks limited cap space and Marleau's play in the playoffs the Sharks will probably not be able to retain his services. So chances are Marleau will be a member of the LA Kings by the start of next season.