Ilya Kovalchuk turned down two offers, 7 years, 70 million and 12 year, 101 million from Atlanta. Now before you all freak and say well F that, it has to be noted that he just does not want to be in Atlanta. He is not comfortable with the organization and their future. What if the team relocates?
12 years, 101 million is around an 8.4 million dollar cap hit, which isn’t that outrageous. It is an offer very close to my 15 year, 115 million (7.666) deal I have been saying would get it done, and it looking at it now it probably would. Seems like teams are balking at the asking price for him, which is what I’ve been saying for a while now. He will likely come a lot cheaper than we expect unless Waddell decides to let teams negotiate with him, which he may or may not end up doing.
Calgary and Chicago are definitely out according to sources. The Rangers and Flyers will have trouble absorbing his contract. LA and Boston are still the front runners but are not willing to deal top assets.