Kovalchuk (ATL) to PIT -- Yeah, the holy grail of trades. ATL has been willing to make moves with big players, but Kovalchuk is signed through next year. That complicates things somewhat. I think Whitney would have to be involved in a trade for Kovalchuk to free up cap room. ATL is deep enough on D that I'm not sure they'd take Eaton, but I'm betting they'd love to have Whitney and not re-sign Schneider. I'm thinking Whitney/Staal for Kovalchuk could conceivably happen. I don't think we'll get a Hossa-like deal since he's signed through '10.
No brainer, I'm praying that happens.
Kovalchuk is young, and exactly what this team lacks and needs.
Remember, the team that gets the best player in a trade wins....we win.