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Kovalchuk Available, Rangers a “Finalist”

TSN (via RDS) is reporting that Atlanta GM Don Waddell has informed star winger Ilya Kovalchuk to expect a trade. There are a possible five suitors, with the Rangers being named as one:

There is no indication that any deal with a specific team is imminent, but the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are included on a list of five or more teams who continue to express interest.

There is nothing wrong with expressing interest in Kovalchuk –all GMs around the league are kicking tires here and there– but you have to wonder, and fear, what Glen Sather is offering as a package for Kovalchuk. The package to get Kovalchuk is going to be similar to the package Waddell received for Marian Hossa a couple years ago: two young roster players (Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen), a top prospect (Angelo Esposito), and a first round pick. This would alter my original guess at what it would take to get the star winger. Not by much, but it does nonetheless.

To put this into Rangers terms they would be giving up somewhere along the lines of Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi, Bobby Sanguinetti, and a 2010 1st round pick for Kovalchuk and someone like Armstrong / Rich Peverley (I didn’t run the numbers, this is just a fair value comparison to the Pitt/Atl trade). I believe that is what the market for Kovalchuk will be, and I believe that Glen Sather should balk at this deal. That is way too much to give up, especially with the Rangers chances at playoff success past the first round dwindling faster than Lindsay Lohan’s career.

Maybe that’s a bit much for Kovalchuk, maybe someone pays more. All I know, is that if the Rangers sacrifice any top prospects or young roster players, someone is going to attempt to assassinate Glen Sather. Not me. But someone will.

Update 5:00pm: Kari Lehtonen will be traded as well.

9 Responses to “Kovalchuk Available, Rangers a “Finalist””

  1. Jeremy says:

    Just talked to a source who said Kovy is heading to either Boston or LA. rangers are in there, but it’s really Boston or LA…

    • derek says:

      Kovalchuk is not going to Boston. They are already out of the picture, read the updates. The Rangers are the front runners. Atlanta GM Wadell loves Dubby, Callahan and Stall. Sather is willing to part with these players. Kovy loves NYC.

      • Dave says:

        NYR is out of the running, price is too high.

        Unless you are Jim Schoenfeld or Glen Sather, you have no idea who he is willing to part with.

  2. Dave says:

    I’m guessing it’s LA. No way Boston gives up that Toronto pick.

  3. Dave says:

    And you have a “source”?

  4. Gary says:

    How the New York Rangers get Ilya Kovalchuk over the summer!!!

    When the season ends the Rangers will have $10,735,834 to spend on 6 or 7 players. I do not think that any team would take on wade redden no matter what the deal was. If the rangers can bury him in the AHL then they should, freeing up another 6.5 in cap space. Rozival I think can be moved by the deadline or over the summer if the Rangers throw in a couple of poor prospects and/or middle to low draft picks. If either player is off the books (Rozival frees up another 5 million) by the summer Kovalchuk easily affordable. He is definitely going to wait and test the waters; whatever team he is on, he will not sign until July. At least that what his agent wants him to do, he is the one getting a piece of the actions 4% is standard for agents.

    With Rozival gone that is $15,735,834 to spend on 7 or 8 players. If Voros and Brashear can be moved that is even more money. I feel that Girardi is an asset and should be resigned at roughly the same price but marc stall is going to need a raise. I am not sure how that works with them being RFA but the Sather should be able sign them at a decent price. Eric Christensen I have mixed feeling on if he will be worth bringing back I will let the experts determine that, but he would be a cheap resign.

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    As far as todays news if the trashers need goaltending chad johnson could be a option to throw in their, chad rozi another low prospect and a mid pick is fair for Ilya. Maybe? It would be nice to see how Ilya would fit in with the rangers, it might be worth it to pay the price now to see if he is a good fit instead of a long term deal. If not let him walk and go else where. Another thing to think about if he and the team really do excel he might be able to sign a little cheaper because he has to be sick of being on a team the isnt so hot.

  5. patrick says:

    ok kovy is redic player playing on a losing team rangers are a playoff contender desperatly in need of help for gaborik kovy would do that is he worth giving up players that a team was building around staal calli dubi gracev i say no
    when rangers lost dubi this season to a broken hand or whatever they loooked lost so dubi is a def no trade staal is there entire defence so thats a no calli isnt going anywear gracev maybe considering that he isnt having the best season in the ahl and hasnt bin called up to try to help the team get going so the question is what about lisin i feel he is a very tallented under used foward maybe gracev lisin rosy first round pick would be a good deal for the rangers considering that kovy is almost as good as gaborik in putting the puck in the net with kovy you have your pp fixed and a first like of gabi olli kovy pretty nasty first line or dubi kovy calli another good line idk players that shouldent be moved for what is essentialy a rental player for the rangers because i really dont feel that saither would be able to or want to offer a 100 million dollar deal my guess kovy in the khl at the end of the year wear he will get that 110 million with 75 upfront besides the fact that all the money he is asking for means he really doesnt care about winning becasue i recall crosby taking less money so pens can hire new tallent maybe kovy should think about lord stanly then the all mighty dollar hell hss rich what the hell will anyone do with 100 million