For those too lazy to click, Kozlov says that he doesn't know whether Kovy will sign or not, but he hopes so. He says he's heard rumors of ridiculous money from the KHL, but Kovy really wants to win the Stanley Cup.
The "money quote" (pun semi-intended): "if Atlanta wants to sign him, they have to give a good deal – a great deal."
I don't think that's ever been an issue. Even the Spirit group must know that Kovy is going to demand - and is completely worth - astronomical money. If not the 20% of the cap which is the most any single player can make under the current CBA, then very close to it. He wants Ovechkin money and he will get it. He is going to choose from whom he takes that paycheck.
Keep winning games. Show Kovy that he will raise the Stanley Cup in a Thrasher uniform if he stays. That's how to get this deal done.
For the record, I predict that if the Thrashers have twice as many wins as losses after the 25 game mark in the season, that should be enough to convince the Czar that we're his ticket to the Cup and legendary status.
Heck, how about signing a 10 year deal, winning an Olympic gold medal, then captaining the Thrashers to a Cinderella Story Stanley Cup this season? Think that's too much for one guy in one year? See Sakic, Joe.
In other news, Boris is headed to the Wolves "for conditioning." Thanks to his injury, the team was able to politely say that he needs conditioning rather than "he's not good enough to play in the NHL." Then again, I would argue the same could be said for Christoph Schubert. Maybe somebody is desperate enough for goaltending depth (hello, Mr. Burke!) that we can trade Kari for someone solid to put on the blueline in that sixth spot.