Mike Halford The Province June 15, 2010
From now until June 30, we’ll be taking a daily look at this year’s unrestricted free agency class. Today’s UFA of the Day? Ilya Kovalchuk.
NHL seasons: 8
2009-10 team/salary: Atlanta Thrashers/New Jersey Devils, $6.4 million
Why teams might want him: If there’s a (goalscoring) problem yo, he’ll solve it.
Point blank, Kovalchuk is a consistently elite sniper. He’s posted six straight 40-goal seasons (and two 50-plus goal campaigns) which, in terms of goalscoring prowess, puts him in some pretty rarefied air. Since the lockout, only Alexander Ovechkin has scored more goals — that puts Kovy ahead of snipe shows like Dany Heatley, Sidney Crosby, Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa, to name a few.