“I’ve had very good conversations with Kovy, and I talk more with his agent, Jay Grossman. And the best thing about this is that the core of our team is all young players. When we won our division (in 2007), we were a much older team. We took some lumps, but we’ve gotten younger.”
– Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell on the likelihood the team signs Ilya Kovalchuk before his contract runs out next July.