Kovulchuk, not about the money, it's about competing
I can't post the rumor article because it's on espn.com rumor central, which i pay for to have access, but I'll sum it up for you guys.
There's a rumor article regarding the Kovulchuk negotiations. Talks between the Thrashers and Ilya Kovalchuk's agent are heating up, but it doesn't look like money's the problem to get an extension done.
Kovi has a year @ $7.5 million left on his contract, and is eligible for an $11.2million deal. But his biggest concern is that he wants to know if the Thrashers will be competitive if he signs a long-term contract, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Thrashers obviously want to and hope to ink Kovalchuk to a long-term deal, but some analysts are saying he'll opt to test the free agent market next season.
I hope the Kings make a nice push into the playoffs this year, and sign Kovulchuk to a long term contract, like the hawks did with hossa. Ilya's only 26 and would fit well with our youg core. not to mention him playing with Frolov and winning a championship at the 2009 worlds this year. Can you imagine a Kovi-Kopi line.
How much do you think it would cost to get him here, if we make or don't make the playoffs. Do you think we can sign both kovi and frolov?