At the time, I said it was a great trade for Pitt. They gave up a really good third liner (still a third liner), a very late first round pick, a good prospect that people were already starting to doubt. (A good, but not elite prospect.)...and Christenson. Come on dude, Christenson was never looked upon as a nice piece tothe trade. Dont care how he was playing at the time...the guy was never good t begin with. Just another foward...a throw in to the deal.
Really? You know this for a fact?
The guy potted 18 goals the previous season, that's like us trading Callahan or Dubinsky at the deadline as "just a throw in to the deal." Nice logic.
A late 1st round pick is still a 1st round pick. Besides, at the time of the deal, there was no guarantee that the pick would even be that low. What if they had ended up with Carlson, Ennis, Eberle, etc? Again, the only reason you can say it was just "a very late 1st round pick" is because we know the end result of that season. If you can accurately predict the SCF participants on March 1st every single season, then kudos to you.
Wouldnt it be nice to make a trade for Penner and then somehow bring in Kovalchuk on a long-term deal? That would mean Rozsival and Redden would be gone and the Rangers would be able to have a solid top-6 with some size in Penner and Dubinsky. One can dream.
Kevin Allen of USA Today is close to Atlanta GM Don Waddell
Allen gave his thoughts on the Islanders rumor
First, Atlanta GM Don Waddell wants to make the playoffs and he won't be keen on sending Kovalchuk to one of his playoff rivals.
Second, the Islanders might not be able to offer the kind of deal the Thrashers need. The Thrashers likely will want to acquire a first-round pick, a prospect and a player who can help them now as they try to make the playoffs. That's essentially the deal Waddell made when he traded rental Marian Hossa two years ago.
Atlanta is battling the Rangers for a playoff spot
And there are teams in the West that could help Atlanta in that regard. For example, if the Los Angeles Kings want Kovalchuk, they could offer Alexander Frolov because it appears they aren't going to re-sign him. If the Chicago Blackhawks are in the mix, it would be helpful to their cap situation if they moved a couple of regulars, especially given that they will have to shed some salaries in the offseason to make room for the contracts signed by Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.
While I applaud the aggressiveness of the Islanders' interest in Kovalchuk, I don't believe they will be first in line. If the Thrashers trade Kovalchuk, I believe they will look first at Western Conference teams.
The Bruins are very interested, but as this source pointed out, the current asking price is too high. Kovalchuk has made it known to the Thrashers and his agent Jay Grossman that if he was dealt, he would not sign long term and instead would test his value on the open market this summer.
“We’ve had very candid face-to-face meetings over the last six months. The lines of communication are open and Jay has been extremely honorable,” Levenson told SportingNews.com. “I have the highest regard for [Kovalchuk], not just on the ice but as a person. He’s smart, he’s direct and that’s why we’ve had such a candid dialogue.”
That’s great, but the question remains: Will the Thrashers and Kovalchuk get a deal done before the March 3 trade deadline?
“No idea. I have no idea,” Levenson said. “We have put offers on the table that make sense for our team going forward and that we think are fair with the reality that Kovy is one of the great, great players in the game.”
Here's the latest on the Ilya Kovalchuk front: The Atlanta Thrashers captain is still unsigned; still poised to become an unrestricted free agent; still unsure if $9-million per season on a lifetime contract is enough to stay in the NHL; and still the object of the Continental Hockey League's burning desire. In short, nothing's changed