I would be very happy going into the playoffs. We will be moving Versteeg and Barker in offseason anyway why not go for it all
That trade (or one a lot like it) makes a lot of sense for both teams, really.
It's a very nice return for a rental... and it would make Chicago my pick to win the Stanley Cup this year, especially since Pittsburgh and its top players have been pretty streaky this year and might be tired out a bit from going really deep into the playoffs each of the previous two years.
I'd personnally give both Kostitsyn, Maxwell and a 1st if we have a decent chance of signing Kovalchuk. And I think we would have a great chance of signing him given Markov's here and the fact he openly admitted Montreal was his favorite city in the NHL.
Even though I'm not holding my breath, having Kovalchuk, Cammalleri and Gionta as top-6 forwards would be fantastic. Sure we might not be able to sign Plekanec in the summer, but if really nothing can be worked out with Pleks before the deadline and things aren't looking too good on this side, I'd be tempted to drop a line.
Um no. If we trade for Kovalchuk, we certainly wouldn't have the cap space to keep either Plekanec or Gomez, and most probably Hamrlik either. If a Kovalchuk trade were to happen, either one of Plekanec or Gomez would have to go.
theres no way atlanta gets that without a signed Kovalchuk so keep dreaming if anything atleast 1 first rounder will be conditional on kovalcuk signing and i still dont see many teams doing it i would love to see boston make that trade you mentioned and make it to the eastern finals and lose then Kovalchuk walks out in the offseason its just a fantasy
Okay first of all it's not impossible to go arround the cap it doesn't take a genius to make a few moves to have enough money
couple trades,waivers and it's done.
Has for kovy wanted 9mil/10mil that's to stay with Atlanta kovalchuck ain't dumb he knows if the thrashers lose him their team is done so why not ask all the money to stay there,if he wants to join a team that will be making a run for the cup he knows he won't get all that.
If this summer he's still not signed and he's after the money then guaranteed he will be a leaf for the next couple seasons but does he really wanna be on a losing team going nowhere again ? That I'm not sure but u never know with these Russians