Thrashers general manager Don Waddell met with the star forward on Wednesday and told him to expect a trade to another NHL team over the next few hours or days.
There is no indication that any deal with a specific team is imminent, but the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are teams who continue to express interest.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers are another team that likes to chase the big game, but their cap situation is extremely tight and there's a real legitimate question whether they have the desire or the cap space going forward to sign Kovalchuk to an extension. Still, Flyers' GM Paul Holmgren has been talking a lot to Waddell. The names that keep popping up out of Philadelphia are forward Scott Hartnell and defenceman Matt Carle, both of whom are under contract for three years and two years, respectively, but Philadelphia would have to off-load more salary than that to make it work.
So there is obviously some interest from Philadelphia but it doesn't “feel” like really intense interest.
Maybe there's another team out there in the weeds that we don't know about, but if you look at it logically, it's difficult to come up with one outside of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York Rangers and Philadelphia. That said, sources say there is most definitely a “wild card” team, which has yet to be mentioned as a candidate, with legitimate interest.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 02-04-2010 at 07:24 PM.
He'll get traded by the end of the week, which means there is probably still two more days of this. And pretty much every single team has sources that say they are involved and ones that say they are not going after him, so I would expect Atlanta to wait until Friday and decide which offer they get is best.
Waddell will give Flyers fans the middle finger and...
Ruslan Fedotenko, Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal and a 1st
The Penguins lose all of their depth and all we need to do is shutdown 1 line then... plus they would have to resign Kovalchuk and only two of their defenseman are locked up past this year. And guess what, neither of them are Gonchar or Letang! Sounds great to me.
I like the part of the article that says he will be traded within "the next few hours or days." Could you be any more obvious and yet vague at the same time? I would love Kovy but I don't see him coming here. Who knows though, I never would have thought that Jokinen trade would have gone down though.
Born April 15, 1983 (1983-04-15) (age 26),
Tver, Russian SFSR, USSR
Weight 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Left wing
NHL team Philadelphia Flyers
Ntl. team Russia
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2001
Playing career 1999 – present
and yes, that would be enough salary wise to get it done THIS season. They could even re-sign him at $8.5ish and we would be ok, you know, until we decide we need an actual goalie.
I don't think that would be close. It would take one of Carter, JVR, or Giroux plus additions of differing degrees to land Kovy in Philly. And ultimately the Flyers don't have (at least this year) something most teams would have to give to get him, which is a 1st round pick.
UPDATE at 9:20 p.m.: According to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers are not in the running anymore. Team sources told Panaccio that the team fears signing Kovalchuk, who is can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, would "mortgage our future." Kovalchuk is reportedly seeking more than $10 million per season, and the Flyers don't appear willing to pay that.