December 15th, 2009, 12:37 PM #1
Kovalchuk is a NJ Devil. Now, get over it already.
Kopitar and Kovalchuk?
The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly inquired about Ilya Kovalchuk, as extension talks between he and Thrashers continue to stall.
According to the Hockey Insider, who also says the Calgary Flames have called up the Thrashers. CBC's Elliotte Friedman asked Flames GM Mike Gillis if this was true, and Gillis denied it -- but Gillis may just be playing this one close to his vest.
The Kings are reportedly willing to part with Dustin Brown, but it will take far more to get Kovalchuk to Hollywood.
These rumors jive with what USA Today's Kevin Allen reported last week. He wrote, "If the Thrashers can't get a deal done, I'm aware of at least two Western Conference contenders who will make a strong pitch."
Pierre LeBrun said previously that trade talks might heat up in the next month or so. It is unclear whether Kovalchuk and the Thrashers are still trying to hammer out a deal for nine- or 10-years, rumored to be worth $9 million a year.
The KHL might also swoop in with a huge deal.
December 15th, 2009, 12:40 PM #2
Mike Gillis isn't Calgary's GM
December 15th, 2009, 12:53 PM #3
I don't rattle, kid.
December 15th, 2009, 12:58 PM #4
I like DB as much as the next guy, but a package of him and a couple players/draft picks for Kovulchuk? Hell yes. Players like him do not come around very often.
BTW- I like how we are considered to be a "Western Contender". Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
December 15th, 2009, 12:59 PM #5
If Eklund hasn't reported it it must be true
December 15th, 2009, 01:02 PM #6
I guess I miss out on these tips and rumors because I don't hang out at Taco Bell.
December 15th, 2009, 01:12 PM #7
I heard it while doing a pub crawl with Heidi Androl
December 15th, 2009, 01:13 PM #8
Stan Fischler also discussed today on NHL Live the possibility of a trade between LA and Atlanta.
December 15th, 2009, 01:14 PM #9
Kovy will be a King. Somehow, someday, I truly believe he will.
December 15th, 2009, 01:17 PM #10
I think the realistic probability of Kovalchuk being traded to LA is very, very close to zero. He'll cost huge assets, even as a rental. Possibly worth it to a team with real aspirations for the hardware this season. The Kings aren't one of those teams and I imagine would not be willing to give away their future in the hopes that Kovy will re-sign here.