Sunday, June 6, 2010
Will Brian Burke go after Ilya Kovalchuk?
So is he worth it? At 27, Kovalchuk is still considered young. In his worst season, he scored 29 goals but he was only a rookie. He has scored 40 or more 6 season and twice hit the 50-goal mark. This is as gifted a scorer as there is in the NHL. Players like Kovalchuk almost never become free agents. Carolina locked in Eric Staal. Tampa locked in Vincent Lecavalier. Columbus locked in Rick Nash. Philadelphia locked in Mike Richards. Washington did the same with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. So yes the Leafs will be after him and so they should. But despite the high price tag there will be many suitors including the New Jersey Devils who have exclusive negotiating rights up until July 1.