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Would You Like To See Ilya Kovalchuk Wearing The Winged Wheel?

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans...

The first question is should the Wings make a run at signing Ilya Kovalchuk?

The Red Wings have had interest in Kovalchuk in the past and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were among the eight or so unidentified teams, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, that have had discussions with his agent.

But Kovalchuk, in an interview with Dreger, said his priority is to win a Stanley Cup (he reached the playoffs only three times during his NHL career). I doubt he’d want to come to a rebuilding team since he’ll have other options.

From the Red Wings’ standpoint, despite their need for offense, they are better off not bringing in a high-priced older player on a multi-year deal. Give 2017 top pick Michael Rasmussen an opportunity (which they plan to do) and provide more growth opportunities for young wingers like Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, with more ice time and prominent roles on the power play.

If the Red Wings were to sign an older free-agent forward, Thomas Vanek is a more realistic possibility on a one-year deal, someone who’d be moved at the trade deadline if they’re out of the playoff picture.

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Ajax19's avatar


Posted by Ajax19 on 06/04/18 at 07:55 AM ET


Absolutely not.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/04/18 at 08:35 AM ET


I heard about this as likely in May and it just makes sense. If Kovalchuk wants to go to a contender, what better way than to sign a 1 year deal w/ Detroit and get moved to one at the deadline? I’m mixed on if I want it to happen, but makes sense for a rebuilding team to collect assets.

Posted by Novak26 on 06/04/18 at 09:02 AM ET



Posted by teldar on 06/04/18 at 09:18 AM ET


If Kovalchuk wants to go to a contender, what better way than to sign a 1 year deal w/ Detroit and get moved to one at the deadline?

How about signing with a good team in the first place.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/04/18 at 10:10 AM ET

Primis's avatar


Posted by Primis on 06/04/18 at 10:34 AM ET



Posted by MZ2215 on 06/04/18 at 10:38 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

No.  Don’t like him.  Besides, he’s not what we need right now.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/04/18 at 11:09 AM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

If there really are 8 or so teams that are interested in signing him, he won’t be settling for a 1 year deal. And the last thing the Wings need is another roadblock to the development of the youngsters.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/04/18 at 11:42 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

no…tank tank tank

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 06/04/18 at 12:19 PM ET


And block the pipeline of high-scoring wingers already in the system?
On that note, why not?

Posted by Vitamix Blashill from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 06/04/18 at 12:47 PM ET

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