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12-21-2009, 03:04 PM
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Darren Eliot on 590AM Toronto...bout Kovy

http://www.fan590.com/media.jsp?cont...21_134617_7608

Around the 11:00 mark, the question comes up about the 2000 lb. Waffle in the Room.

First thing they ask is if there may be trouble....DE cuts the question off saying, "Oh ya, it's already in trouble" or something to that effect. He says something has changed in the past month (when Kovy met w/Grossman in NY and Kovy's last "giddy-up game?).

He thinks it's become politicized with the KHL crap and with the next Olympics in Sochi (speculative on Eliot's part, but he thinks it's going to be difficult to get something completed).

He did say the owners were totally committed to getting something done, but they aren't going to float the franchise down the river for it.

Personally, I don't think it does Grossman any good to threaten that Kovy will go to the KHL because Kovalchuk has a Russian agent over there and it would seem Grossman wouldn't see the big payoff if that happened.

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Am I the only one who thinks Elliot is a shill for the org? If he says there is trouble, it is probably much worse than he lets on.

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If thats what DE is saying then Kovy is long gone.

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If Sochi is a problem, we'll sign him for 3 years, at 8M$, ain't no problem... But yeah it looks worse and worse every day Rich Peverley makes...

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Personally, I don't think it does Grossman any good to threaten that Kovy will go to the KHL because Kovalchuk has a Russian agent over there and it would seem Grossman wouldn't see the big payoff if that happened.

I think this Russian agent is being blown out of proportion. I'm sure his representation in the motherland is for licensing, advertising, events, national team appearances and the like back home. I'm sure Grossman has complete control over his professional contracts. If Kovalchuk elects to go to the KHL to play Grossman will still get paid.

The only reason I don't want Ilya to go play in the "K" is because it will minimize his return when we trade him. If he declares early that he's going back and the other teams know that he is a true rental? It's a Hossa situation and we're going to get pennies against the dollar in return

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Am I the only one who thinks Elliot is a shill for the org? If he says there is trouble, it is probably much worse than he lets on.
I've spoken with DE at local hockey rinks before and he has been as candid as you or I are on here, don't really think he pulls his punches anywhere but the official broadcast (and even there isn't afraid to admit it when we play like crap, I just doubt he wants to come off as overly-negative)

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The Thrashers Moderator on the official board posted the interview and pointed out where on the interview to find the Ilya comments. Smells like an official leak to me. Custance will likely have something on it before Christmas.
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Am I the only one who thinks Elliot is a shill for the org? If he says there is trouble, it is probably much worse than he lets on.
You're not alone.

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Kovalchuk Contract Negotiations Hit "Snag." Vivlamore

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Contract negotiations between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Thrashers have hit a "snag" general manager Don Waddell said Monday.
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Ilya Kovalchuk, who is scheduled to become a free agent following the season, reiterated Monday that he would like to remain with the Thrashers.
Gregory Smith, AP Ilya Kovalchuk, who is scheduled to become a free agent following the season, reiterated Monday that he would like to remain with the Thrashers.
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"Our position is different than his position right now," Waddell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Monday night's game with Montreal. "Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that.

"That's what we have to work through. We've gotten through every thing else, now we have to make it through that."

Waddell's agent, Jay Grossman, met with Waddell in Atlanta over the weekend. Waddell said he remained optimistic that a new deal would get done. ....


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Fixed years and money, who does this Kovalchuk guy think he is?

What did the Thrashers do, offer him some shiny beads and a large box with a question mark on it?

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fixed years and money.... CANT HAVE BOTH!

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That is one of the worst quotes DW has ever given.

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fixed years and money.... CANT HAVE BOTH!
This has always been what Kovalchuk wants. Long term with guaranteed money per year. None of this funny stuff like what Hossa got, with three or four years of huge bucks.

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I am so ready for this to be over.

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Waddell: Hey Grossman, "Whatchya want, A COOKIE???"

Grossman: "Money and Years"

Waddell: "All we have are smoke and mirrors."

Grossman: "Heatley, Savard, Hossa, Kovy. Later dude."

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I heard on one of the XM shows that Ilya's agent asked for ten years at $11.2 million per year.

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I heard on one of the XM shows that Ilya's agent asked for ten years at $11.2 million per year.
And that is pretty close to what heís going to get.

Heís going to get paid the max salary allowed, or extremely close to it with the Thrashers.

The ownership group knows that they canít let him walk over money as it would kill the STH base to let another star player like Kovalchuk walk.

He and Grossman are just looking for concessions in the contract at this point.

Iím not saying thatís the right thing for ownership to do, but you have to consider the ramifications of them not re-signing him.

Then again I could be totally off base about this whole deal...


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I sure as hell would not sign Kovalchuk at such a high dollar amount. That's handcuffing the team and the ownership for whatever number of years he's signed for. That's no way to win championships.

If Grossman actually and realistically asked for that much money, then he's doing only one thing: High-balling.

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I think Waddell was being smug from the start figuring that giving him the "C" and bringing in the guys he wanted would earn Donnie the "hometown discount." I'm thinking the reality of dollars and years hit Waddell in the face at the NY meeting. Kovy figured the team would answer back really close and when it didn't, his play dropped off, either through disappointment or resentment.

It's going to be a real shame when Kovy is dealt from the team that "he built" this summer. I have a feeling that Waddell will ask for permission to sit down with Kovy and if he really, really wants to stay, he won't trade him. It may have to wait until summer when there's a better feel on the cap and the revenue that the team takes in. I just hope it doesn't jeopardize a deal for Afinogenov and Kubina. Don't really care about Armstrong either way.

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As much as i love Kovy, do not sign him for 11 mil or more.

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I feel heís going to sign, but itís going to cost the team long term.

I also believe concessions are holding up the contract negations at this point.

Kovy will be a Thrasher long term, but itís going to kick us in the ass a few years from now.

HOW MANY MORE RUSSIANS CAN WE GET ON THIS TEAM FOR GODíS SAKE???

Andrei Markov would be nice, as would Kubina.

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the one thing i don't understand is that if Kovy wants to win and according to him he wants to win as a Thrasher, than why would he want 11.3 and jepordize the teams future?

As for more Russians on this team, i'd proudly take Volchenkov.

Trade Hainsey, White, and a draft pick for Volchenkov... is that to much for a UFA?

We dump cap and get a good solid defensemen, whom i think we can re-sign long term.

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the one thing i don't understand is that if Kovy wants to win and according to him he wants to win as a Thrasher, than why would he want 11.3 and jepordize the teams future?

As for more Russians on this team, i'd proudly take Volchenkov.

Trade Hainsey, White, and a draft pick for Volchenkov... is that to much for a UFA?

We dump cap and get a good solid defensemen, whom i think we can re-sign long term.
When I read this, I thought you finally knew what you were talking about...And then you decided to go back to good ol' ASF =[

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what do you mean?

please don't even say thats a bad proposal for us

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DW is setting the ground work for this to go south.....if it does.

Chucky, this is nothing like "He Who Shall Not Be Named" or Savard. Asked to be let go and traded; and team let him walk due to financial and other reasons. I don't like the change in his comments and the let down in play does remind me of the hossa ordeal though.

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