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What should the Nashville Predators offer for Ilya Kovalchuk?

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An interesting idea has been proposed, and I want to get your input on this, Nashville Predators fans.

Down in Atlanta, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract negotiations continue to drag out, and with each passing day it becomes a little bit more likely that a deal won't happen there at all. If Thrashers GM Don Waddell becomes convinced of that, he'll open trade negotiations so at least he doesn't let the Russian sniper walk away for nothing.


Ilya Kovalchuk

#17 / Left Wing / Atlanta Thrashers

6-1

230

Apr 15, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ilya Kovalchuk 38 25 22 47 -4 45 9 0 1 0 133 18.8


So SB Nation's Atlanta blog, Bird Watchers Anonymous, is asking the obvious question - what would the trade market for Kovalchuk look like? And that's where you come in...

In the comments below, I want to get your input as to what the Nashville Predators would/should offer up in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes.

But first, some ground rules - keep in what Atlanta might want in trade (they already have plenty of goalies, thank you), and that as a pending free agent, this is strictly a 2nd-half and playoff rental. But you just know the asking price will be quite steep.

So what do you think, Preds fans? I'll try and put together a consensus package based on the discussion below and forward it to The Falconer Tuesday evening. So put your GM's hat on...

What should the Nashville Predators offer for Ilya Kovalchuk?

UPDATE: You can compare what's being discussed here with the conversation among other fan bases, as linked to from Bird Watchers Anonymous.