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.