Is Ilya Kovalchuk on the Chicago Blackhawks’ Radar?

January 3rd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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A number of reports are swirling that the Atlanta Thrashers have given superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk and his agent a deadline of Monday to accept their latest, and final, contract offer.

If there isn’t an agreement, the Thrashers could move fairly quickly into the trade market, where Kovalchuk would undoubtedly become one of the hottest commodities available. A couple analysts believe the Blackhawks could sneak in and acquire him as early as this week.

Reports are that the Thrashers GM Don Waddell and Kovalchuk’s agent have been meeting at the World Junior Championships over the past week, and that a final offer has been made by Waddell.

Kovalchuk is in the final year of a deal paying him $7.5 million, with a cap number of $6.4 million. To date, he has performed at a level worthy of his salary; in 35 games, Kovalchuk has 25 goals and 22 assists. His 47 points rank seventh in the NHL, just one point ahead of Patrick Kane’s 46.

A rumor that has been on the outside of the Kovalchuk rumor mill, which has been at least warm if not pipi ...

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