Ilya Kovalchuk’s Return To Atlanta Creates Controversy

April 7th, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »

Ilya Kovalchuk’s return to Atlanta’s Phillips Arena to play his former team was not a hero’s welcome.  

There was no reason for it to be given the circumstances surrounding his departure to the New Jersey Devils. 

Kovalchuk was traded as a last resort by team management to avoid receiving no compensation if the team was unable to come to contract terms that the star forward wanted. 

He turned down a $100 million deal and a shorter term seven year $70 million dollar offer from the Thrashers.  Kovalchuk who is still unsigned becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.  

Not surprisingly, the fans that paid for a ticket to witness his return were not in good humor. Boos could be heard loud and clear each time Kovalchuk touched the puck.  

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