Buzz: Isles In On Kovalchuk

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Islanders are interested in Atlanta Thrashers winger Ilya Kovalchuk.

It is believed that while the club would quarantine NHL emerging talents John Tavares and Josh Bailey, Snow would be willing to part with this year’s first-rounder in addition to presenting a “One from Column A/One from Column B menu” that could feature Oshawa defenseman Calvin de Haan; Brandon defensemen Travis Hamonic; Saskatoon defenseman Jyri Niemi; Russian winger Kirill Petrov, currently playing for Almetivsk; and 22-year-old winger Jesse Joensuu, currently playing for AHL Bridgeport.

…This is a big deal on all aspects. One is that it gives the Isles instant credibility again and he is paired with John Tavares moving forward for them. It will give more credence to the Lighthouse project and getting the Islanders a new arena.

Remember when the Isles shocked everyone and traded for Ryan Smyth three years ago? This would blow that out of the water if they could get him under contract for the next ten years. Although, it would be incredibly Islanderish for them to acquire Kovalchuk and then have him bolt in Free Agency. It should be expected that the Islanders would extend him with a massive DiPietro like contract if he is acquired.

Kyle Okposo is probably someone who Atlanta will want back to even out the deal with picks and prospects.

Look for this to keep developing as the Isles need to do something moving forward. For more on this and the Isles check out Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank