2010 NHL Free Agency: Ilya Kovalchuk, Who Wants Him?

July 6th, 2010 by Derrick Lightfoot Leave a reply »
Sometimes the big fish free agent takes his time to decide where to sign. In the NHL, we haven't really seen this in the past few years, as Daniel Briere, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Brian Campbell, Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, etc. all wrapped up their deals in the first couple of days of free agency.

Kovalchuk is taking his time in making a decision. His agent Jay Grossman tweeted on Monday, "Ilya Kovalchuk looking to make decision on his future today." Everyone stood on their heels, but alas a late night tweet again from Grossman stated, " Ilya Kovalchuk choices have been narrowed down, details to be finalized but no announcement tonight..."

Kovalchuk turned down an offer of around 10 years and $100 million. It seemed he didn't agree with the management in Atlanta and wanted out. He was shipped to the New Jersey Devils near the trade deadline last season. He then had a sub-par playoffs as the Devils got bounced by the Flyers in the first round in six games.

Soon enough, Kovalchuk will find a team, but at this time I think his motives and drive are being questioned.

Guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin took a pay cut so th ...

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