I'm no GM, but really, for what they are paying the guy, and for how the team is performing even with him scratched, just leave him in there!
Ride out whatever is left on the contract, give him top six minutes (yes, normally you don't do that for an unproductive player, but who the hell is really producing on the Kings not named Kopitar on the forward ranks anyway??), and just see where this takes the team.... likely lottery bound.
Sure, it IS a mess...one of the Kings' own creatio
Kovalchuk is one of those "toxic" players: you don't ever sign a guy with his track record, not even if you can get him for free.
I was really worried the Leafs might sign him. Maybe we lucked out on the whole "won't play in Canada" thing on this one.