Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/13/05 at 08:29 AM ET
The other shoe dropped on Tuesday and as it usually does in these situations, it landed with a thud on an innocent bystander named Brad Larsen. On the same day that Ilya Kovalchuk finally showed up for work, the Atlanta Thrashers assigned Larsen to their minor-league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Kovalchuk, the league's reigning goal-scoring champion, had been involved in a bitter contract dispute with the Thrashers that was finally resolved on Saturday when he agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract that will pay him an average of $6.4 million per season.
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