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Kari Lehtonen Traded to Dallas

It appears Don Wadell didn't take much of a break after trading Ilya Kovalchuk. Only days after he traded the superstar winger to the New Jersey Devils, the Atlanta Thrashers have apparently traded what was once considered their franchise goalie. Often injured Kari Lehtonen will be moving to the Lone Star State, as Thrashers beat writer Chris Vivlamore reports that Lehtonen has been traded to the Dallas stars for defensive prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy and a low-round pick (possibly a 5th rounder). Lehtonen was held off the team plane to Colorado for tomorrow's game, only days after he was recalled from his conditioning stint with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. The trade is pending the com...

Ilya Kovalchuk Trade Watch

UPDATE 6PM: Things heating up. Rumor is that it's a 5-horse race, including the Rangers, Kings, Bruins, Devils and Flyers. The Hawks may be possibly involved as well. More to come. UPDATE 4:30PM: TSN reports that Kovalchuk's days as a Thrasher are over. Don Waddell is expected to trade the star winger in the upcoming hours or days. Stay tuned to this blog for updates as they happen! Blog from last night: Moments after TCL's and checkingfrombehind.com's Michael Aldred reported that the Leafs Garnett Exelby could be on his way to the Los Angeles Kings for a 4th round pick, another rumor involving the Kings has surfaced.According to Cory Lavalette of SB Nation, Ilya K...

The Kovalchuk Sweepstakes Intensify

Beyond the recent controversies of players calling our referees, leagues calling out TV broadcasters, and late night talk show screw ups, another matter is slowly creeping up on hockey fans, and that's the pending free agency of Russian Superstar Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk's free agency represents a truly unique situation for both the Atlanta Thrashers and the NHL, as he'll arguably be one of the first true superstars to reach free agency at the ripe age of 27. To my knowledge, that's never happened before. Players like Kovalchuk either stay in the same city their entire careers, or they get traded. Generally, no one fathoms that such a star could reach the market. What makes this s...

Chelios Signs With AHL Wolves


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Although he's nearing the half century mark, Chris Chelios, still has the passion to compete and has signed a contract with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. The Wolves are the AHL affiliate for the Atlanta Thrashers. He will make his debut on Friday against the Manitoba Moose. From there NHL teams can evaluate what he has left and whether or not he deserves a contract in the NHL. Chris Chelios, 47, has spent the last 10 seasons of his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings where he captured two Stanley Cups. Chelios expressed his desire to continue playing this offseason but the Red Wings announced that they would not sign the 25 year veteran. ...