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Kings out of Kovalchuk talks again

Updated: July 8, 2010, 5:50 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

After re-entering negotiations with free agent Ilya Kovalchuk's camp a day earlier, the Los Angeles Kings have dropped out of the running a second time, a source told ESPN.com Thursday.

The Kings initially ruled themselves out Sunday after Kovalchuk rejected their contract offer, leaving the New Jersey Devils as the favorite to sign him.

Kovalchuk joined the Devils in early February in a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers, with whom he had played since the 2001-02 season.

Kovalchuk's ...

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