Sunday, January 10, 2010

Kovalchuk Likely On The Move

There have been huge developments in the Ilya Kovalchuk situation over the weekend. Contracts talks have reportedly broken down between the superstar's agent Jay Grossman and Thrashers GM Don Waddell. The consequences? Kovalchuk is likely on the move. Possible trade partners include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston. Boston and Chicago are unlikely dance partners despite several sources reporting Chicago may make a strong push. There's just too much chemistry in that locker room and I think the Hawks will go with the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach.

I just can't see him ending up in the East; the Flyers, Bruins, and even Capitals don't seem like logistical candidates for one reason or another, be it cap issues or not enough trade bait. The Kings appear to be poised to make a deal happen; GM Dean Lombardi is flying to Atlanta this week to scout and meet face-to-face with Waddell. The Kings are clearly serious and obviously won't be the only team, but with contract talks breaking down and a trade appearing imminent, the Kings appear to be the perfect partner.

The Thrashers play Tuesday at home versus the Senators, just a couple nights after falling 8-1 to the Capitals on home ice Saturday.

That's all for now; more to come as the situation unfolds.

-Buotte

2 comments:

  1. Kovalchuk should play rugby. WEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  2. From TSN:

    "Contractually, there is nothing prohibiting the Thrashers from trading their superstar captain, however, it's very unlikely Kovalchuk will forfeit his right to unrestricted free agency on July 1 by signing a contract with a new team, so any blockbuster formula may be impacted by this risk."

    I don't like the sound of that.

    Whole article: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=305432

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