(updated below, twice)
Famous impresario of Internet (and occasionally print magazine!) stuff about hockey Dave Pagnotta is writing/tweeting the shit out of this bit of Important News:
Ilya Kovalchuk's future with Atlanta is expected to be determined this week, as a decision related to his next contract with the Thrashers could come as early as Monday.
Thrashers GM Don Waddell met with Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, this weekend in Saskatoon, SK (location of the World Junior Championship) to discuss a long-term contract extension and the two sides are expected to chat again today.
During Saturday night's "The Hotstove" segment on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, the panel indicated that Waddell will be returning to Atlanta tomorrow and wants an answer by then.
Oh my! So if Kovalchuk isn't re-signed tomorrow, as in Tomorrow of well-known "Tomorrow" fame, we must bid him goodbye. I suspect we'll all know soon enough. Whatever happens, there's no way that Waddell can keep the news to himself until Casino Night, even if he wants to. It's simply not possible in the age of the Twitter Imperium.
So, yeah. Tomorrow is the day. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Thrashers inhouse blogger Ben Wright, on the Twitter, is all like "Hey now": It's very entertaining to watch the mutation of trade rumors. From one person's hypothesis to a "Sources say it could happen this week".
Well. Does this mean we can look forward to no signing for several more weeks, or at all, or perhaps a Teemu Selanne-esque "he leaves for several seasons and then comes back and wins a Stanley Cup, in the future, so it's kind of like a signing" type situation? Sources say any of these would be very entertaining.
UPDATE II: Where are our Atlanta journalists to determine just what the deal is? Obviously everything the guys on the Hot Stove say---or anything Dave Pagnotta or any hockey writer says---ought to be taken with a grain of salt. But so should anything coming from people in the pay of the Atlanta Spirit. Their level of access is undeniably a privileged one, but by definition they only know one side of the story. And they have an interest in spinning it to their side's advantage.
Which brings me back to my original question: when will "Fast" Willy Tiller leave the "upstairs" area at Marty's Party House long enough to do some actual reporting? Hmmmm? HENNNGH?