Thrashers-Kovalchuk talks stall

December 24, 2009

Talks between the Thrashers and their franchise player, Ilya Kovalchuk, on a contract extension have hit a "snag," according to Thrashers general manager Don Waddell.

"Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that," Waddell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Thrashers are hoping to sign Kovalchuk to a long-term contract. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Waddell said negotiations with Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's agent, would resume after the holidays.

Kovalchuk has 21 goals and 39 points in 30 games this season and 317 goals in 574 NHL games, all with the Thrashers.

If the two sides can't come to terms on a new deal before the trade deadline, Waddell may choose to trade Kovalchuk.

- Tribune news services

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