Kovalchuk expecting to be traded soon

 – sportsnet.ca

It appears as though Ilya Kovalchuk is on his way out of Atlanta.

The Thrashers’ star is out of contract at season’s end and has yet to reach a new deal with Atlanta. Sportsnet can confirm Thrashers general manager Don Waddell recently told his captain that he should expect to be dealt soon.

The Thrashers nabbed Kovalchuk with the first pick in the 2001 draft and are looking to move Kovalchuk before the March 3rd trade deadline rather than lose him with no return.

In 594 career NHL games with Atlanta, he has scored 328 goals and set up another 287.


59 Responses to Kovalchuk expecting to be traded soon

  1. hockey_lover says:

    Honestly, I see Chicago or LA getting him. I cant see Waddell trading him to a team that will play them 4 or 6 times a year.

    Just a hunch though. Nothing substantial to base this on.

  2. hockey_lover says:

    It actually looks pretty good that way. The only "changes" I see are like you said, Iginla on the top line just cause .. well, he's Iginla. Also, for some odd reason, I see Luongo coming out as the starter. Marty has had a few rough games lately (but he is still the man). I think that combined with being in his hometown, he may get the first start and take it from there.

  3. reinjosh says:

    You never can seem to be able to get a handle on simple statements.
    Saying the Leafs got the best player in the trade (simply irrefutable) isn't drawing any judgment on it.

    Getting Kovy would surely jump your offense. Yeah it would cost some but it may be better than the other option.
    Do you get Kovy and go for it, with him jump starting the offense and making a scary line with Lucic and Savard?
    Or do you do nothing (which is exactly what Chiarelli has done) and miss the playoffs because you anemic offense can't do anything.

  4. reinjosh says:

    yeah, in the last three weeks, I think I have seen about 8 or 9 different article saying the Bruins or the Flames or the Flyers are dropping out and then another article pops up saying they are right in it.
    I seem to think that a deal this year will come down last minute like the Hossa one and it will go to a more unlikely team .

  5. reinjosh says:

    Yeah but I Kovalchuk will only be playing against them this season. I can bet you 100 dollars that no matter where he goes, he will end up going to the market in the offseason.

  6. hockey_lover says:

    Oh christ yes. He will NOT sign a contract until he hits free agency. Unless that teams offers him the max salary for 12 years, he WILL hit the market no matter what.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Boyes is never going to be more than a 30 goal 65 – 70 point guy
    Ryan has a higher potential, in my mind, and would provide a guy to build the offense around along with Kessel.

  8. leafmeister says:

    Bobby Ryan has higher potential, but Boyes could be had for a much lower price, and a deal with him could include other assets. The deal I suggested would not only get a servicable 30 goal man in Boyes, but it would also get Berglund, a guy who could easily turn into a 70 point man. Runblad could turn into the next Kaberle. The thing with those guys is that they are slumping, and it would not be unreasonable to suggest that Kaberle would fetch all of them.

    I would rather add two pieces to the top 6, and one long term replacement for Kaberle, than one piece to the top 3.

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