Kovalchuk Worth a Try For Maple Leafs

May 30th, 2010 by Ryan Fancey Leave a reply »
Is it really all about the money with Ilya Kovalchuk? Or is the Russian sniper simply looking for a great situation?

I’m not sure Brian Burke can offer either come July 1st, but I’ll use the cliche disclaimer; “anything can happen” for this article.

The Leafs general manager mentioned in January that he wouldn’t even think of calling Atlanta GM Don Waddell at the time because, as Burke put it “We’re not interested in that amount of money, over that term”

Burke was eluding to the rumor that Kovalchuk had turned down an offer of at least 64 million over 8 seasons (8.0 mill cap hit) to stay in Atlanta. You could tell Burke’s main beef was with the term.

Lou Lamoriello, Burke’s mentor and friend, gladly forked over a barrel of young talent to acquire Kovalchuk, and now he’s trying his damnedest to re-sign him.

Lamoriello has stated that he was impressed with Kovalchuks’ ability to fit in easily with the rest of his club right from the get-go. Lou also exclaimed that he views Kovalchuk as a team first player, and a great hockey personality.

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