Unconfirmed reports suggest that Russian Star Winger Ilya Kovalchuk may be heading to Vancouver.
The report suggests that Atlanta GM Don Waddell is in close contact with Mike Gillis, and since both teams were unsuccessful in the signing of UFA in the past week, they are negotiating a swap with the Sedin twins going the other way.
Kovalchuk has openly criticized the lack of success of the Thrashers organization, and demanded that imminent changes be made to the line-up or else he would not consider signing back with Atlanta when his contract expires in 2010.
Ever since the departure of Marian Hossa, Kovalchuk has been voicing his displeasure with the Thrasher’s lack of committment to build for the cup. As for Gillis, he’s been mentioning about the possibility of moving the Sedins ever since he took the GM helm from Nonis. According to this report, the offer was made to Waddell on Sunday, and the two GMs are working out the details to include a defenseman swap into the deal. The guess is Bieska going to Atlanta for a young prospect.
Although it’s questionable who Kovalchuk will be playing with as a Canuck, it’s suggested that the Sedins will be playing with right-winger Colby Armstrong in Atlanta. This deal, if goes through, will silent the critics in Vancouver, as it will surely fits Gillis’ promise of a big bold move.
If this rumor holds any truth, we should be hearing the annoucement really soon, let’s wait and see.