Talk earlier this week suggested the Boston Bruins could join the fray to acquire Ilya Kovalchuk because of their wealth of draft picks. TSN's Bob McKenzie says picks alone would not be enough for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Atlanta has made the playoffs just once in its 10-year history and failed to win any postseason games. That, coupled with the departure of two superstars, Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa, and lingering attendance issues, make it unreasonable for GM Don Waddell to go through another rebuilding process.
The Thrashers would need to receive a star player in return, McKenzie says. Two teams that could fill that need are the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.
There is talk the Blackhawks are feeling pressure to win the Stanley Cup this season. Previous rumors have indicated they are looking for depth in net, while trying to unload players such as Cam Barker, Patrick Sharp or Kris Versteeg. TSN mentions Dave Bolland, who inked a five-year, $18 million deal in June, as another trade asset.
The Flames, meanwhile, could try to swing a deal by offering defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Earlier this month, however, Calgary GM Darryl Sutter told the National Post Phaneuf is not on the block.