Talk among NHL GMs is that Atlanta might be willing to make a huge deal before the trade deadline. W Ilya Kovalchuk, 25, is a year away from unrestricted free agency and has another season left on his contract at $7.5 million, but the whisper among executives is he might become available. It would be a tough pill for Atlanta to swallow, but Kovalchuk certainly wouldn't be the first franchise player to be dealt. Hello, Joe Thornton? .
I bet that he would have the equivalent of 5 1st round pick and three potent players now! From a MTL standpoint you could give away the Kostsitsyns borther, Obyrne, Chipchura, MacDonagh and 3 1st round selection and even whith such an offer we would still be winning that deal.
Higgins, Pacioretty, Tanguay, Latendresse, Kovalchuck, Kovalev Not sure about you guys but to me that looks like quite a good group of wingers!
I'd rather not use the Leafs philosophy of trading away my entire future for one guy... thanks.
That would be nice but no way is Atlanta trading him. I think, we can only get him via free agency and he is still pretty young. Atlanta will have to build around him but it's not there yet for them, they need better defence and they drafted a horse on defence in Zach Bogosian. They are a few years away but Kovalchuk might try to change of team in a few years. If we trade for him, we better be ready to give atleast 2 key players on our team and some prospects.
It's pretty clear to me that members of the media, well aware of the Iginla-Nieuwedyk trade that Gainey made years ago to solidify his team for a cup run, see a similar situation forming in Montreal and are trying to guess which guy Gainey is going after.
That way, as soon as (if) Gainey makes a deal...they get to play the "I told you so" card.
Doesn't Kovalchuk mess up without the puck a lot? Isn't this, like Gaborik, another case of sniper with no real defensive upside? We're a two way team now. We're not going to pick up a one way player, unless that one way is defence.
I don't think anyone really felt that. It's more that Lapierre plays better on the wing. It opens him up to do the things he is good at. However, his exceptional face off work this season has earned him the fourth line center position, wheras it hadn't in the past. Kyle Chipchura still has a future as a center on the Canadiens, but his best bet now would be to learn to play the wing until next season (When I doubt we'll have a depth at center like we do and will go with Lapierre on the third line).
Don Waddell: "Hi Bob, this is Don Waddell. Listen, we're depleted on d, what would it take to acquire Ryan O'Byrne?"
Bob (remembering the Hossa fiasco): "Kovalchuk"
Don Waddell: "Ha, ha, seriously Bob"