Thrashers general manager Don Waddell claimed a report that negotiations with star player Ilya Kovalchuk were at an impasse is “certainly false.”
“[Kovalchuk’s agent] Jay [Grossman] is actually coming in here [Saturday] and we’ll meet again,” Waddell said Thursday. “We will continue our talks. They have been really positive. I have not seen a sign yet that we aren’t going to be able to get this deal done.”
A report out of Kovalchuk’s native Russia said that contract talks have stalled after the team balked at a 10-year, $11.5 million per year deal. The report also stated that Waddell is considering trade options and that Vancouver and Los Angeles are interested.
“We like our hockey team,” Waddell said. “At this point I can honestly say that I haven’t talked to one team about a trade. Why even start that because our goal is to get this player signed.”
Waddell said he thought the next month of negotiations would be critical.
“We can’t be talking about this in February,” he