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Since Kovalchuk is gonna be at the top of the list for DL, let's gage the market. Listed below is every team and if they will be in on him and if not, why.

ANA-No. need help on the back end and Bobby Ryan is RFA.
ATL- No. Kovy just turned down multiple offers from them.
BOS- Yes. Obviously need help upfront.
BUF- No. They almost never spend on outside FA's.
CAL- No. Cap screwed, should rebuild.
CAR- No. Semi-Rebuilding, need Goaltending.
CHI- No. Cap screwed, may have to move a guy just to get under.
COL- Yes. Ton of cap space, good young team.
CBJ- No. Don't spend on outside FA's.
DAL- No. Will have to pay Lehtonen, could go into Rebuild.
DET- No. have to pay Lidstrom, only have 5 forward under contract.
EDM- No. Rebuilding, need to assess goaltending as well.
FLA- No. Could go into rebuild again, don't think Kovy would go there anyway.
LA- Yes. An Elite scorer is the man piece needed to be a cup contender.
MIN- Maybe. Never seem to spend(Havlat the exception). Though it would make sense.
MTL- No. Have to pay one or both Goaltenders, and Plekanec.
NSH- No. Have to pay Hornqvist and Grebeshkov, don't spend on outsiders anyway.
NJD- Yes. Kovy was one of the few bright spots for them in the playoffs.
NYI- No. Rebuilding, have a ton of RFA's to pay.
NYR- Yes. But it would take a long-term, low hit deal. It would be a tight fit after paying Staal.
OTT- No. Need help on the back-end and in goal, offense is fine.
PHI- No. Cap screwed. Need to address goaltending.
PHX- Maybe. Usually don't spend, thought it would do wonders to keep them in Phoenix.
PIT-No. Loaded upfront, only have 2 D-Men under contract.
SJ- Maybe. If they choke in the 2nd round and decide to let Marleau walk.
STL- Yes. Good young core, ton of cap space.
TB- No. Loaded upfront, desperately need help on the back end and in goal.
TOR- No. Rebuilding, have only 4 forwards under contract.
VAN- No. Have to pay Kesler and Raymond, as well as a few D-Men.
WSH- No. Have to pay Backstrom an Fleischmann, loaded upfront as it is.

So to me, STL, SJ, PHX, NYR, NJD, MIN, LA, COL, BOS will be the main players on Kovalchuk.

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