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Flyers interested in acquiring Thrashers’ Ilya Kovalchuk?

According to Denis Potvin on XM radio Satellite this morning, the Philadelphia Flyers are very interested in acquiring Altanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

Tim Panaccio of CSNPHilly also reported yesterday that Paul Homgren is listening to what Atlanta has to say about their Russian sniper. Holmgren, who is more and more looking for a trade partner, said: "We might want to still do something on defense and forward, but not in goal." CSNPhilly

According to an undisclosed source, Waddell and Holgren met last week to discuss about trade possibilities. Waddell also scouted the Flyers himself on Saturday during the Isles game, but did not meet with Holmgren, the source added.

The Thrashers would have to find a winger, a defenseman and a prospect that add up to what Kovalchuk makes and the Flyers could do this deal. The Flyers think Kovalchuk will want between $9 and $9.5 million on a re-signing and because of that salary, they couldn’t afford Kovalchuk long-term.

Kovalchuk is making $6,389,300 this season; therefore, the Flyers would have to trade the same amount of salary back to the Thrashers for this to happen. In 48 games this season, Kovalchuk notched 31 goals and 27 assists for 58 points with Atlanta.

At the moment, nothing is imminent, but the Flyers are willing to listen to what Don Waddell has to offer. The Flyers blanked the Flames 3-0 yesterday evening to claim the sixth spot in a very-tight Eastern Conference with 59 points in 54 games.