Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin sold the acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk on Friday as a low-risk move designed to balance out a number of injuries to the club's forward group.

The having a hard time NHL club accepted terms on an one-year agreement with the 36-year-old free-agent forward-- a digestible two-way deal that deserves $700,000 United States at the NHL level and $70,000 in the AHL.

Kovalchuk, 36, had nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and 12 penalty minutes over 17 games this season with the Los Angeles Kings, who positioned him on waivers last month. His last game was on Nov. 9, coincidentally versus his new hockey club at the Bell Centre.

"He know it's his last possibility," Bergevin informed press reporters at the club's rural practice center.

"He's a quite happy-go-lucky person, he truly likes the video game," Thompson said."We have nothing to lose, we'll see, where he's at, where his game is at," Bergevin stated. He has 859 points (436-423) in 897 career regular-season NHL video games with the Kings, Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils. "We 'd like to make the playoffs, but I will not sacrifice our kids for a short-term fix," Bergevin stated."Just delighted to be house, pleased to be part of this group, it's been my dream come real to play here," Scandella said. Kovalchuk, 36, had 9 points (3 objectives, 6 helps) and 12 penalty minutes over 17 video games this season with the Los Angeles Kings, who positioned him on waivers last month."He's a pretty happy-go-lucky guy, he truly enjoys the game," Thompson stated."We have nothing to lose, we'll see, where he's at, where his game is at," Bergevin stated."We 'd like to make the playoffs, however I will not compromise our kids for a short-term repair," Bergevin said."Just pleased to be home, happy to be part of this team, it's been my dream come real to play here," Scandella said.