The answer to this is a resounding NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it has nothing to do with Kovalchuk’s talent, age, injury history, or game. It is based solely on his contract. More accurately, what his new contract will be. The Rangers, as much as it pains me to admit, are 2-3 years away from being Cup contenders. They would need to mortgage the farm (system) to get and keep Kovalchuk. That means saying goodbye to a #1 draft pick and two of Callahan, Dubinsky, Gilroy, Sanguinetti, and Anisimov. (If you think Del Zotto is not untouchable, toss him into the mix too.) That is too much. Especially with an elite scorer already on the team. We’d wind up with an all-star line that’s fun to watch but a team that barely, if at all, makes the playoffs. If we don’t trade for him, we can develop all these players and hopefully either draft well or sign more middle-ground free agents and build a true team.
This discussion is pointless anyway. Cause with the Rangers cap issues, we couldn’t sign him even if we wanted to. Thanks Glen.