A trade involving Jeff Skinner may be on hold until Ilya Kovalchuk decides where to sign, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.
Advice: LeBrun explains that the teams that are interested in Skinner are also interested in bringing Kovalchuk into the fold. Kovalchuk is older, but a club wouldn't have to give up assets in a trade to acquire him. San Jose and Los Angeles are two examples of teams that are waiting on Kovalchuk. No matter what happens, there seems to be little doubt that the Hurricanes forward will find himself in a new city by the start of next season. The 26-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games last season.