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Kovalchuk Performing In A Contract Year

from Ian Busby of the Calgary Sun,

The Thrashers have done everything possible to make it attractive for Kovalchuk to stay.

This off-season, they dipped into the free-agent market to bring in fellow Russians Nik Antropov and Maxim Afinogenov.

Although Kovalchuk doesn’t want to talk about hitting the open market, he admits staying in Atlanta is a solid option because his family has settled there.

The only thing that was missing was making the Thrashers a contender, and they are this season with a 15-9-3 record heading into tonight’s meeting with the Calgary Flames.

“The team has taken tremendous steps this off-season by signing free agents,” Kovalchuk said yesterday after practice at the Corral. “I think we’re a very competitive team right now.

“We’re playing better. We became a better team, bigger and stronger. We have much more experience and our special teams are much better than last year and that’s a huge difference.”

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