Why Ilya Kovalchuck Won’t Be Coming To Broadway

June 27th, 2010 by Matthew Calamia Leave a reply »
July 1st in New York always brings excitement for Ranger fans. Aside from opening night in October, it is the best day of the year for hockey fans in the Big Apple.

A big-ticket free agent coming to the Rangers is like clockwork. 

The target this summer for many Ranger fans is Ilya Kovalchuck, arguably the best pure goal scorer in the NHL. Imagine him playing alongside sniper Marian Gaborik on the top line this season? Keep dreaming.

Kovalchuck is going to want big money and, most likely, a long-term deal. And why not? The guy has 338 goals and 642 points in just 621 career games in the NHL, and he just turned 27 years old.

A free agent like this comes around once a decade. 

Unfortunately, Glen Sather, president and general manager of the Rangers, thought Wade Redden deserved $6 million per season, two seasons after signing Chris Drury to a five-year contract worth $7 million per season.

Simply put, the Rangers do not have the money to spend on Kovalchuck.

The most common option being thrown around is to send Wade Redden to Hartford, freeing up cap space. That will most likely happen, but ...

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