According to my sources the New York Rangers are close to landing superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. While a trade is is not expected to be completed within a few hours it is expected that a deal will be finalized before the Olympic break trade freeze which is February 12th.
It is not yet clear who Atlanta will be receiving but according to The Insider on Pittsburgh Sports the Rangers have given Waddell a list of players to choose from headlined by Girardi, Callahan and Dubinsky. According to DePaoli "Waddell's asking price is so steep that when it comes down to it, there is league speculation that Atlanta may have no choice but to accept an offer from the New York Rangers.
I expect a pick or two and maybe a prospect to be included in a trade and some combination of those players (not all 3) and maybe some miracle that Wade Redden would be included as well to help offset Kovalchuk's cap hit. Should Redden not be included, the Rangers could also deal Michal Rozsival or waive Wade Redden and send him to Hartford for the remainder of the season and decide what to do with him in the summer.
Stay tuned for the latest.