MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday night that the club has acquired a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in return for forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk, 36, played 22 games with the Canadiens this season, collecting 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists). Three of his goals were game-winners. The Tver, Russia native has nine goals and 22 points in 39 games with Los Angeles and Montreal this year.
Kovalchuk agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Canadiens on January 3. In 919 career NHL games with Atlanta, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Montreal, the 6'3" and 222-pound winger has 442 goals and 872 points. He has 144 power-play goals, and has amassed 540 penalty minutes.
Kovalchuk was the first-overall selection of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2001 NHL Draft.