The Kovalchuk Trade: Atlanta’s Conclusion

June 30th, 2010 by Peter Bojarinov Leave a reply »


Now with what it looks like NJ not being able to re-sign Ilya and the finishing of the Atlanta/Chicago trade, it looks like we have the seen the end result of the Kovalchuk trade.

In the conclusion for the Devils, New Jersey could not even surpass the first round with Ilya, and Atlanta received a fair bit to say the least; for a player who was never going to resign with the team. 

In the deal to the Devils, Lou acquired Kovalchuk and Salmela. Now that Ilya has departed, they are left with Anssi, a defenseman who they had not even let play in the post season, where they ended up using 8 and in his nine games leading into the playoffs, he led the team with the worst plus/minus.

So far it seems like Atlanta got something for nothing.

The Thrashers ended up receiving Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, Patrice Cormier, and New Jersey’s first round pick (24th overall). Neither of Bergfors and Oduya looked out of place in the Georgia state, with Niclas having finished only two goals short of Ilya’s total in Jersey, and Oduya finishing with Atlanta’s best plus/minus, a strong all around ...

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