Ilya Kovalchuk: The Best Way To Help the Chicago Blackhawks Salary Cap?

January 5th, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
Yesterday fellow Chicago Blackhawks featured columnist Tab Bamford provided an article suggesting that the Blackhawks might have Atlanta Thrashers star wing Ilya Kovalchuk on their radar as a rental player.

Although columnists such as ESPN's Pierre Lebrun have a said that this has all been pure speculation and that the 'Hawks have not yet contacted the Thrashers about Kovalchuk it is still an interesting proposition.

The Blackhawks seem to have the perfect pieces to accommodate at trade with the Thrashers with quality young NHLers such as Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Cam Barker and Andrew Ladd to offer up for Kovalchuk. 

All the players mentioned are either under contract to affordable deals or will still be under team control after the season.

Now it is true the 'Hawks likely have the pieces to make a trade for Kovalchuk btu would they really risk the current team chemistry they possess for a one year rental player?

Well, it depends on what the Blackhawks really want to do with the players they need to move to get under the cap.

Do they want to put all their chips to the center of the table this seaso ...

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