The rumors surrounding Kontinental Hockey League superstar Ilya Kovalchuk picked up a great deal of steam today after TSN insider Pierre LeBrun reported that the Devils were expected to speak to his agent, but even that update pales in comparison to this latest bit of news.
Russian reporter Slava Malamud has just poured gasoline onto the fire with his latest report, one that now claims Kovalchuk does not want to remain with the Devils and furthermore one that only leaves three teams in the mix.
Malamud is reporting that "Kovalchuk would likely prefer to stay in New York City or wind up in Florida," indicating that only the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers are the only teams in the mix.
For those thinking that New Jersey is close to New York and Kovalchuk could choose to remain with the team, Malamud made it clear that would not be the case.
"It will be sign-and-trade, though."
It sounds like we have a monster trade on the horizon!