Are the Rumors True: Kovalchuk for Carter?

December 24th, 2009 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »

The rumors and talk have started. The source of all of the chatter in the media has been Ilya Kovalchuk’s ongoing contract negotiations with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Kovalchuk, 26, is not far away from unrestricted free agent status. He is seeking a substantial raise and security requesting $11.3 million per year for 10 years.  His new request is a significant increase from his current $7.5 million salary, but the whisper among NHL executives is he might soon become available, meaning the Thrashers could trade him before his contract is up.

Brian Startare, a local Philadelphia sports radio host, reported that the Philadelphia Flyers are talking with the Atlanta Thrashers organization about acquiring the superstar forward. He also said that the asking price is expected to start with Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux.

CBS and several other media sources including The Atlanta Journal Constitution have each reported similar storie ...

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