Allan Muir at SI.com is suggesting that Colorado would be a likely landing place for Ilya Kovalchuk
"So what's the most likely landing spot if the Thrashers decide to move Kovy? Bet on Colorado." - Allan Muir
Why would I bet on Colorado? Sacco likes 2-way players, and Kovalchuk is not known for his effort in the defensive zone. No question, the guy can score, but if you look at the goal totals in the NHL right now, the Avalanche aren't really suffering in that category. OK, Colorado is not Washington or San Jose, but neither are they St. Louis.
To get a scorer like Kovalchuk, the Avs would have to give up a top-six forward, a couple of prospects, and a high draft pick. Colorado's strength is its youth movement. This is not our year to win the cup (sorry), and a rational part of me wouldn't mind a late season tank in order to move up in the draft. The irrational part has been enjoying the ride this season, and I really like watching the kids play. A taste of the post season would be a great experience for the future.
So which way does it go, or can Atlanta even move Kovalchuk?