Panthers ink Kovalev to 1-year deal

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The Florida Panthers have signed forward Alex Kovalev to a one-year contract.

Kovalev, 39, spent last season in the Kontinental Hockey League, registering one goal and five assists in 22 games.

Kovalev last played in the NHL in 2010-11 when he split time between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, racking up 16 goals and 18 assists in 74 games.

The 15th overall pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Kovalev has compiled 428 goals and 596 assists over 1,302 games with the Rangers, Penguins, Canadiens and Senators.