It won't be that suprising if/when they do sign him. With the injuries we have, they need somebody. Don't know what happens when people start getting healthy though.
I think they plan on carrying 14 forwards regardless so 2 guys are gonna be in the press box depending on several factors (opponent, needs, injuries, performance, etc). With Kovalev signed, I counted 15 forwards so that just means 1 guy will need to go (Santorelli probably).
I dont expect Kovalev to be in the lineup every night regardless. At 39, he's gonna need some nights off. Then factor in that several guys (Skille, Upshall, Bergy, Kopecky, etc) play styles that tend to see them get nicked up so they could use some games off too to get healthy.
If he is signed, I'm eager to see for how much and then what he can bring to the team. Obviously, he's not going to put up points like he did years ago and I don't expect him to play every game as he might be scratched like Jovo is occasionally. For his leadership qualities, that could really help some of our young players learn for the future.