I already stated my stance on this deal last night, so here is my plan to acquire him.
Kovalchuk is being traded as a pure rental according to sources around the league, so that’s how you pay up. The template usually goes a 1st round pick, top prospect, decent roster player, and roster player with some upside. A Kovalchuk trade will ask for maybe a little more.
My proposal is:
Mark Stuart, Michael Ryder, Vladimir Sobotka, Zach Hamill, Boston 2010 1st round pick, 2010 Boston 2nd round pick and conditional Boston 2011 2nd round pick (if Kovy re-signs) for Ilya Kovalchuk, Boris Valabik and a 2010 4th round draft pick.
Stuart is the centerpiece of the deal, he would instantly become Atlanta’s best stay at home defenseman on a defensive core that has a lot of offense. Ryder would be a salary match, and he would help Atlanta’s powerplay with the departure of Kovalchuk. Sobotka has decent upside, 15 goal potential and is a solid 3rd liner. Hamill has a lot of upside and was the former 7th overall pick.
Kovy is who he is. Valabik is a big defenseman who has been rumored to be on the block, essentially replaces Stuart.
I’d then re-sign Kovalchuk to a mega deal. He is 26, so I’d offer a deal with this breakdown:
12, 12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 10, 9, 9, 6, 5, 3, 1, .5, .5
7.86 million dollar cap hit.
Breaks down to a 15 year, 118 million dollar deal.
It’s a 10 year, 108 million dollar deal, then a 5 year, 10 million dollar deal. He gets above market value for 10 years, and then will likely retire in year 13-15.