NHL Rumors August 14: Devils, Kings Battle for Ilya Kovalchuk… Again

August 14th, 2010 by Edmond Dantes Leave a reply »

Ilya Kovalchuk continues to negotiate with the New Jersey Devils. The Los Angeles Kings are also trying to get him, as a result neither are very seriously pursuing Tomas Kaberle. If I was the Kings, I would focus on Kaberle as Kovalchuk has already shown he plans on going to New Jersey.

The Los Angeles Kings are the front-runners for Willie Mitchell, in fact sources say this could get done by Monday. I would not be shocked if they did this as they must have realized by now the Kovalchuk saga will drag out for a while.

Since they have a bit of cap space and don't expect to spend much on Mitchell they can afford to sign him and stay in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes. As for Kaberle, his NTC kicks back in on Monday so if they don't have him by Monday they may as well get Mitchell. 

Expect the Tomas Kaberle trade to go right down to the last minute before midnight tomorrow. Lots of teams interested but only one trade makes sense and that seems to be a package of prospects and draft picks.

Burke has not lowered his price to deal Kaberle, he is just stating he is open minded to getting young players, prospects and picks. They m ...

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