Islanders GM Garth Snow in discussions with agent of perennial 40-goal scorer Il

An NHL source confirmed Friday night that Islanders GM Garth Snow has held discussions with the agent for perennial 40-goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, the top unrestricted free agent on the market following a midseason trade to the Devils last season.

The hockey world was abuzz with reports that Snow and owner Charles Wang, who is looking to jumpstart stalled talks concerning the Lighthouse Project and renovations of Nassau Coliseum, are preparing a lucrative, long-term offer for the 27-year-old Russian winger. TSN, the Canadian ESPN, reported the Isles might offer Kovalchuk, who has scored at least 41 goals in every season since netting 38 in 2002-03, as much as $100 million over a 10-year deal.

The Isles are several million dollars under the projected salary-cap floor for next season, but despite his ongoing difficulty procuring a new arena, Wang never has been shy when it comes to authorizing huge contracts. He doled out a 10-year deal to center Alexei Yashin (since bought out) and a record 15-year pact to goalie Rick DiPietro, who has appeared in just 13 games the past two seasons due to knee injuries.