Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/09 at 07:07 PM ET
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
After this season, Kovalchuk’s contract is up. If he gets to July 1, he’ll be the most sought-after free agent of the summer — a 40-goal scorer entering his prime.
That’s the last thing general manager Don Waddell and the Thrashers want to happen. And, right now, they’re cautiously optimistic it won’t. Waddell told Sporting News that Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman and Thrashers management plan to sit down in training camp, face to face.
Waddell would love for that meeting to wrap up negotiations.
“That’s the best way to get this thing done,” Waddell said. “We’ve had good dialogue. It’s at the point now where something needs to happen.”
Until then, Kovalchuk will be watching, looking for signs that the summer additions of forward Nik Antropov and defenseman Pavel Kubina, along with the development of young talent like Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Bryan Little and Evander Kane, will be enough to push the Thrashers back into playoff contention.
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