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Ilya Kovalchuk Trade Rumors: to the Bruins?

Ilya Kovalchuk (James Guillory / US Presswire)

The Bruins, who are clearly in free fall mode after losing eight of their last nine games, are in need of some serious change. Sure, they’ve been shred apart by injuries to top players including Marc Savard. If there’s any time to make their move, it’s now, especially with Savard expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday said that Claude Julien’s job is safe, so it appears he may make some moves with the roster. Chiarelli appears thirsty for a goal scorer, even signing a deal with the devil to bring in Miroslav Satan (I couldn’t resist). It’s looking more likely the Bruins will try to trade for a top young scorer after losing their own last year when they dealt Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs.

“I’m looking every year [to make trades], but maybe more so this year because of the way we performed,” said Chiarelli. “Having said all that, we want to be in the playoffs and we want to succeed in the playoffs.”

Could former 50-goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk be headed to the Bruins?

What would it take to get Ilya Kovalchuk?

Kovalchuk, a former No. 1 pick for the Atlanta Thrashers, has tallied 30 goals and 26 assists in 46 games. He’s on pace for 47 goals, a total that would be a major addition to a team starved for offensive production like the Bruins.

The 26-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after the season, meaning without a contract extension, the Bruins could give up a lot just for a half season of his services. If it nets the club a Stanley Cup, it could be worth it.

The Kings are also very interested in Kovalchuk, so the Bruins will have to come with their best offer.

My Proposed Bruins-Thrashers Trade

The Thrashers are reportedly looking to get a first-round pick, a prospect, and a player from an NHL roster. What could that mean for the Bruins? Let me take a stab.

If the Bruins want Kovalchuk, they may have to trade the following:

First-Round Pick

The Bruins recently acquired two first round picks for Phil Kessel, and Chiarelli already assured us he won’t be trading the 2010 pick from the Maple Leafs.

“But I can tell you one thing, I’m not trading Toronto’s pick [for this year],” said Chiarelli. “I am not trading it. That pick is too valuable.”

So, if they won’t do that, perhaps they’ll trade their own 2010 first round draft pick, or the Leafs pick from 2011?

Prospect

Well, I’m pretty positive Tuukka Rask won’t be included in the negotiations, so he’s obviously out.

My guess is one of the following forwards: Joe Colborne, Brad Marchand, or maybe Zach Hamill.

NHL Player

This could be anyone, but I’m sure the Thrashers want a young NHL-ready player. I can’t imagine the B’s trading Milan Lucic, so he’s out. Savard’s out. Krejci’s out. Who’s left?

Perhaps Blake Wheeler or Vladimir Sobotka?

Comment below: What do you think it will take?

Final Verdict

It’s looking like the Bruins will have to make a move if they want to compete this season. Even if they back into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed,  they can definitely make some noise in the playoffs with a 50-goal scorer in Kovalchuk. I’m not going to say the Bruins will pull the trigger on this major deal…because when have they ever done it in the recent past?

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