You are so naive. "unsubstantiated reports" is agent speak at its best, inventing offers (e.g. KHL, the $10 million "saving face" pseudo offer by the Thrashers management) is Grossman's job.
Okay, you can either admit that you are trolling, or you're just a moron. Don Waddell said, publicly, that he made an offer to Kovalchuk. He held a press conference about it. You think he was lying? The KHL was obviously willing to pay huge money for Kovalchuk - their owners are ridiculously wealthy and have no intentions of making a profit. Kovalchuk is the 2nd biggest Russian star in the NHL. Omsk was willing to pay a 37 year old Jaromir Jagr $5 million a year - you don't think they have $10 million for Kovalchuk? Or 15 million? Medvedev basically admitted that the KHL would love to have him. But that was all window dressing.
LA only offered him $5 million a year. They lowballed him because they did not want him. If you tell someone you got an offer of $6.6 million and they come back with less, that is not a legit "offer".
Yes, they showed him and his family around LA, had Matt Greene give Kovalchuk a tour of the LA facilities and stuff, all because they didn't want him. Also, NJ's offer was not for 6.6 million a year, nor was LA's offer for $5 million a year.
Mike Richards cap hit came at the expense of exchanging other salaries, they were willing to kill their cap for Kovy as a UFA.
It really didn't, but it's nice to pretend sometimes. They got rid of Ryan Smyth, who wanted to leave anyway.