KOVALCHUK RE-SIGNING **** Has Signed *****

SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.

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