For what it's worth, looks like we're on the outside looking in on Kovalchuk...
Kovalchuk -- A Flyer?
02.02.2010 / 10:55 a.m. ET
At last count, there were five teams in the mix for Atlanta Thrashers captain Ilya Kovalchuk -- the Rangers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Kings and Flyers.
Of course, if Atlanta GM Don Waddell has his way, the Thrashers captain will remain in Atlanta for the foreseeable future. Still, options must be kept open.
According to Tim Panaccio of Comcast Sportsnet.com, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was seen on his cell phone Monday morning at Pengrowth Saddledome -- perhaps seeking a GM willing to talk trade.
"We might want to still do something on defense and forward, but not in goal," Holmgren told Panaccio.
Waddell actually had discussions with Holmgren at last week's game in Philadelphia. The Atlanta GM has been scouting several teams, in fact, including the Flyers on Jan. 28 and the Kings on Jan. 31 in New Jersey. Waddell and Holmgren, by the way, are both a part of Team USA's Olympic management group.
"Find one winger, one defenseman that adds up to what Kovalchuk makes and the Flyers could do this deal," one NHL executive said. Holmgren preferred not to comment on his discussions with Atlanta. Keep in mind center Jeff Carter is one of very few Flyers forwards who doesn't have a no-trade clause within his contract but it's assumed Carter isn't going anywhere.
"Doesn't do anyone any good and it should be confidential," Holmgren said.
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