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Kovalchuk Update- Thrashers Owner Involved

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),
In an effort to move along negotiations with All-Star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers owners Bruce Levenson and Ed Peskowitz met with Kovalchuk's New York-based agent Jay Grossman on Friday in Washington, where the two Atlanta Spirit part owners are based. Levenson, who acts as the group's governor to the NHL, said the meeting came at the suggestion of general manager Don Waddell, who also was present. Levenson said the meeting was of the "get to know you" variety. Grossman has made it clear that it is Kovalchuk's intention to play a full season either in the NHL or in Russia. Once a player plays in Europe after the NHL season starts (Oct. 5) the player must clear waivers before he can return to his NHL team. Kovalchuk would almost certainly not clear waivers, and the Thrashers, would lose him to another NHL team. Thus, if the Thrashers have not signed Kovalchuk by Oct. 5 and Kovalchuk plays a game after that date, it would be impossible for him to return to the Thrashers this season. Waddell has expressed confidence the Thrashers will sign Kovalchuk before the deadline. "The meeting hopefully will be a stepping stone towards moving this process in the right decision," Grossman said.

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