jl-1 Posted November 1, 2008 Report Share Posted November 1, 2008 Report: Kovalchuk to Montreal or Toronto? Written by Lyle Richardson Friday, 31 October 2008 20:58 SPORT-EXPRESS DAILY: reports the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are two teams most interested in acquiring Atlanta Thrashers winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Their respective general managers approached Thrashers GM Don Waddell about the subject during last week's meeting of NHL general managers in Chicago. SPECTOR'S NOTE: My thanks to everyone who sent this link in. Somebody needs to explain to the Sport Express reporter of this story how the NHL salary cap works, because the Canadiens currently have no space available to acquire Kovalchuk, whose salary is $6.4 million per season both this year and next, and they have no reason at this time to make such a deal. The Maple Leafs could afford it but I don't think they'd be willing to pay the steep asking price.There's also a silly rumor flying around today claiming the Penguins are offering Jordan Staal, Kris Letang and a first round pick for Kovalchuk, which of course overlooks the fact the Penguins are tight against the cap and this trade doesn't fit under said cap. Quite frankly, I think it's far too early to start suggesting that the Thrashers are thinking of shopping Kovalchuk right now. Unless the talent Russian sniper has requested to be dealt, this rumor holds about as much water as those silly Gaborik and Khabibulin rumors from earlier in the month. Source... Since this is now out as a rumour, it might deserve its own thread. As I've mentioned before though, I highly doubt that Atlanta can afford to lose Kovalchuk this season. I would take him here in a heartbeat if he was available though. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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