Canadiens trade Kovalchuk to Capitals for a draft pick

Feb 23 2020, 6:05 pm

Ilya Kovalchuk’s time with the Montreal Canadiens has come to an end after just 22 games.

With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Canadiens dealt Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third-round draft pick.

The 36-year-old had a successful stint with the Habs, scoring 13 points after Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin scooped him up on a low-risk free agent contract on January 3.

But with the Canadiens a long shot to make the playoffs, the team is looking to the future.

This is the second piece of smart asset management by Bergevin, who flipped Marco Scandella to the St Louis Blues for a second-round pick, weeks after spending a fourth-rounder to get him. The Canadiens now own 13 picks in the upcoming NHL Draft that they’re hosting June 26-27 at the Bell Centre.