Report: Philadelphia Flyers Talking with Atlanta Thrashers About Ilya Kovalchuk

December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
Brian Startare is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers are talking with the Atlanta Thrashers about acquiring superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk. The asking price is expected to start with Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux.

Kovalchuk will be an unrestricted free agent following this season, and wants a contract extension; however Atlanta are not willing to pay Kovy the money he deserves. He reportedly wants a 10-year contract worth $11.3 million—the maximum amount allowed by the NHL.

In 28 games this season with the Thrashers, Kovalchuk has tallied 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points. He averages over a point a game this year, which is something Philadelphia could desperately use.

The Flyers have been in one of the franchise's worst free falls in history the past few weeks, a time period that has seen John Stevens get fired with Peter Laviolette replacing him as the head coach.

Paul Holmgren has already made a move in the coaching department with the hopes to spark a lifeless club that entered the year as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. It didn't work. The only thing left that Holmgren can do to try to get this team going is make a ...

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