Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/28/05 at 07:38 PM ET
This sure is a wacky way to build a Stanley Cup contender. Rebuild your team from the ground up with grit, veteran scoring, a blue-chip goaltending prospect, and a big defense with lots of offensive upside, and then refuse to sign your best player. Uh, wait a minute. Actually, it doesn't seem like the way to build a Cup contender at all. After deftly refurbishing his team since the end of the 2003-04 season, Atlanta GM Don Waddell has become immobilized on the single-most important element in transforming the Thrashers from perpetual pretenders to legitimate Cup threat: signing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
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