January 11, 2010
It's looking pretty clear that the Atlanta Thrashers and Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) just aren't going to agree on a long-term extension so the man who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer is apparently pretty firmly on the trading block right about now and there are more than a few teams interested in landing him, according to the National Post.
The Los Angeles Kings reportedly didn't just send some scout or assistant general manager out to watch Kovalchuk, but had top dog general manager Dean Lombardi go to Atlanta to check him out and see if he had any interest in heading West.
The Bruins need some offensive firepower after losing Phil Kessel(notes) via trade and Marc Savard(notes) going down o a few injuries. Boston has nine picks in the first two rounds of the next two drafts at its disposal to trade. Meanwhile, the Kings would probably want Kovalchuk for the long-term and could possibly offer U. S. Olympic team defenseman Jack Johnson(notes) or goalie Jonathan Bernier(notes).
The heavily loaded Blackhawks could make the trade just to dump some of the salary on its books and the Red Wings might offer young forwards Darren Helm(notes) and Justin Abdelkader(notes), and/or defenseman Jonathan Ericsson(notes).
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