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09-13-2008, 10:40 AM
Magnus Fulgur
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Kovalchuk will be made captain this year and that will go a long way in keeping the fiercely proud Kovalchuk here. He wants to be "The Guy" and only Atlanta can give him that. You know he wants to be the first Russian captain to win the cup, and he can't get the captaincy anywhere else. Starting this year, Atlanta will be trending in a very positive direction with solid young players in every position. Ilya can be their leader.

Waddell has already begun last year positioning the team and preparing the ownership to give Ilya an Ovechkin-like contract. Waddell has said this to the press.

To assume Ilya will leave is not supported. If Atlanta stinks for the next two seasons, then he will leave. Wake me up once we've played the games.

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