Kovalchuk has a meeting with his agent, Jay Grossman, on Monday in New York, which the Thrashers hope will help nudge the team captain into a decision. Grossman and Thrashers GM Don Waddell spoke again Thursday.
This much is clear: If he hasn't signed an extension and January is upon us, the Thrashers will finally begin the process of opening him up to the trade market. That doesn't mean they'll deal him at that point, but it means Waddell will begin his due diligence just in case.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Time Has Come
Our beloved tweety birds fly up to the big NYC for a game tonight against the Rangers. Tonight's game, in my opinion, is secondary to what ESPN is reporting will take place in an office in New York. The Czar has a scheduled meeting with his agent to discuss the offer from the Thrashers. As ESPN points out, the time has come to decide, one way or the other, what Kovalchuk's intentions are. Money quote:
Perhaps that is today. Perhaps this week. Perhaps just after the holidays. But the time is soon.
I've heard a few rumblings lately about Kovy's play. Defensive liability and so on and so forth. Mr. Speaker, K-Belle, and myself exchanged a few thoughts on this subject at the game on Saturday. I believe Speaker said Kovy wasn't helping the team and needed to get off the ice. I proceeded to laugh at the so- called "Speaker of the Truth" and called him crazy. K-Belle, sticking up for her man, laughs at me. Kovy then proceeds to score the game winning goal in overtime. Once again, Big Shooter has the last laugh!!
The point being, even when he struggles, Kovalchuk can change a game all by himself. That is something that cannot be replaced. It amazes me how quickly people like to point out when Kovy is struggling, yet when the big time goals come rolling in it is like they are expected and taken for granted. Oh well, where was I? Ahh yes, the contract...
Just sign the damn thing already so we can get on with our business!