Update:1:08PM: Garth Snow told Arthur Staple of Newsday that Kovalchuk wasn’t in the Isles plans.
…Obviously Snow wouldn’t say the team was going for Kovy, he loses leverage there. We shall see, no one saw Ryan Smyth coming, if the Isles are close and Atlanta falls out, maybe they go for it again. That is, if Atlanta hasn’t moved him.
Following that, Kevin Allen of USA Today wrote that while the Isles may be interested, it may not go both ways.
Second, the Islanders might not be able to offer the kind of deal the Thrashers need. The Thrashers likely will want to acquire a first-round pick, a prospect and a player who can help them now as they try to make the playoffs. That’s essentially the deal Waddell made when he traded rental Marian Hossa two years ago.
Allen thinks that a Western Conference team, LA or Chicago, could be the best match for Atlanta.
…Marian Hossa was traded for Colby Armstron, current Ranger Erik Christensen, top prospect Angelo Esposito and a first rounder.
The Isles could offer their first rounder, a prospect like Calvin De Haan, first rounder last year, and either Josh Bailey and another player or just Kyle Okposo as an good offer for Kovalchuk. Okposo would be a perfect player for Atlanta to acquire, he is young, powerful and a good scorer. But for all those reasons, the Isles wouldn’t want to trade him. He will cost a fraction of what re-signing Kovalchuk would cost and it makes ZERO sense to trade any of those pieces if the Isles can’t re-sign Kovalchuk.
Isles fans seem split on the possibility too. Some want to stay the course with the the rebuild and keep all the prospects and picks. Others want Kovalchuk and to make the splash. With Garth Snow, nobody knows. He could trade for another goalie….