Kovalchuk flying to Atlanta

tsn.ca is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk will fly in to Atlanta either Tuesday or Wednesday to spend time with his newborn daughter. Don Waddell has stated that he would like to use this opportunity to speak with Kovalchuk about a new contract.

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This couldn’t have come at a better time. Kovalchuk is flying in just before the start of the NHL season, keeping him from playing in Russia, which would force him have to clear waivers before returning to the Thrashers.