The Atlanta Thrashers were primed to rid themselves of a real headache and today they were able to choke back the bitter solution. Ilya Kovalchuk (forever known here as "Kovalchick") was involved in a 5 player deal that sent him to the Atlantic division leading New Jersey Devils.
Lamoriello is known to have the keen eye for drafting talent, so it was only reasonable for the Devils having the best offer for the Thrashers as far as prospects go. John Oduya, Nicklas Bergfors and recently disgraced junior prospect Patrice Cormier and the Devils 2010 1st round pick make for an excellent return. Swedes, Johny and Nicklas, have been ready for the big time in Jersey and in an offensive minded team, perhaps they can have the opportunity to score with the talent they have.
Kovalchick, had been spending the past several weeks involved with a back-and-forth negotiations with the Thrashers management (who is already distracted in court) over a long term deal worth more than the Ovechkin contract.
The only real losers here are the loyal fanbase of the Thrashers who have watched Kovalchick develop into a top 5 player in the league. Looking around the blogisphere, you can sense the frustration of having another player skip town for more money or glory. Who knows how many more times will the fans will collectively cope with the perpetual heartbreak.
[Via: FOX Sports]