RUMOUR: “Ilya NOT Moving…” (UPDATE)
WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU HATE RUMOURS. If you do choose to read, please do not then complain about having to read about rumours, lol!
Just communicated with the source of this rumour, and they’re sticking by it, despite the recent PR from Waddell. Also, interestingly, he said Kubina is possibly on the move, and OTT has expressed interest in aquiring the blueliners services for the remainder of this season (he’s an impending UFA). As with any rumour, treat as BS until proven otherwise.
FWIW, I’ve just been told, by someone who is within the ATL sphere, that Iya Kovalchuk is not going to be traded, but rather is about to re-sign in ATL to a longer term deal at below league maximum.
It was told to me that, in the absence of “reasonable” negotiations, on the part of the Ilya camp, Waddell publicly announced the start of the Kovy auction. Kovy, in the end, doesn’t want to leave ATL, and his reps have returned to the table with a more open mind.
I was told to expect an announcement prior to the Thrashers Friday night tilt vs. the Caps.
The fact is ATL want Kovy, Kovy wants ATL. Now the two have to accept each others needs, and meet somewhere near the middle.
BTW, I was also told Ilya was not expecting the league max, over a long term deal.
Just thought I’d pass this along, as the Ilya sweepstakes seem to be all consuming right now.