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Kings hope to see bursts of old Kovalchuk

LOS ANGELES–In the five years since Ilya Kovalchuk abandoned his contract with the New Jersey Devils to play for SKA St. Petersburg in his native Russia, the NHL has trended toward a style driven by youth and speed. Kovalchuk, 35, will not bring youth or speed to the Los Angeles Kings, who signed him to a three-year, $18.75-million contract as a free agent this month and expanded their already sizable stockpile of 30-somethings.

St. Louis Blues legend Bob Plager reacts to his jersey retirement ceremony

The St. Louis Blues honored original Blue Bob Plager for 50 years of service and inspiration to the franchise by retiring his No. 5 on Thursday before their NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.