Dater: Kovalchuk would look great with Avs

It’s probably the smart thing to do, the more sensible path, the safest course. But, I don’t know, I’d still have a hard time passing on some of the NHL free agents who might be available in less than a month if I was the Avalanche general manager. Passing on making a bid for Ilya Kovalchuk , for me, would be akin to Carrie Bradshaw passing on a new pair of Manolo Blahnik pink suede strappy sandals in the store window.

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Edmonton might want to consider trading for unhappy Ottawa Senator

With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.

Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.

Edmonton hockey insiders pushing for and predicting Oilers will take Seguin

On Twitter, CHED’s Dan Tencer, reporter for the Oilers rights-holding radio station, wants the Oilers to take Tyler Seguin .

This weekend, Tencer tweeted: “Taylor Hall had a hell of year and he’s a hell of a player. But, for whatever it’s worth, I’d still choose Seguin .”

Tencer said he had no inside knowledge on which player the Oilers would take: “I’m sure they know which way they’re leaning, but your guess is as good as mine. They won’t tip their hand.”

Tyler Seguin Could Easily Transition to Winger if Drafted by Bruins

To help the Bruins make the decision, coach Mike Vellucci of the Plymouth Whalers, Seguin’s OHL team, joined SportsDesk on Friday to chat with Cole Wright.

“He plays the whole game,” Vellucci says of Seguin . “He has great playmaking ability that he’s shown over the last two years.”