TSN's Bob Mackenzie is reporting that the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes have begun. Mackenzie writes that there may be as many at seven teams pushing very hard for the services of the talented Russian.
Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Phildaelphia, and possibly Calgary are all apparently interested. Any who wouldn't be?
Aside from what MacKenzie says, any team at the top of the conference would like to add a piece to put them over the top, just as the Penguins tried with Marian Hossa two years ago - also from Atlanta.
Many teams on the bubble may take a run at grabbing Kovalchuk via trade. Considering that Atlanta GM Don Waddell is seeking talent 'now' rather than a bunch of draft picks and prospects, it certainly makes it interesting to see where he will end up. Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles all have depth, and youth in spades. However, because Chicago and Los Angeles are playing so well right now, why would you disrupt the chemistry and interrupt that great development of a young team with Kovalchuk's presence, especially if it is just for the remainder of a season?
Stay tuned in the coming days as PuckWatch reports on rumours, and reports on who is likely on the move, and what some of the contenders should be looking for.