Contract negotiations between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Thrashers have hit a "snag" general manager Don Waddell said Monday.
"Our position is different than his position right now," Waddell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Monday night's game with Montreal. "Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that.
"That's what we have to work through. We've gotten through every thing else, now we have to make it through that."
Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, met with Waddell in Atlanta over the weekend. Waddell said he remained optimistic that a new deal would get done.
Kovlachuk was asked about the possibility of being sent to another team at the trade deadline should a new deal not be completed.
Is this Waddell's public plea? He is utilizing the media to brace (ahem) Thrashers Nation for the possibility of losing their one and only superstar? As Forbes recently divulged in their NHL fan rankings:
"The team had the worst attendance in the league last year, and second to worst TV ratings. "Where do you go from there? If Atlanta loses their only hope to marketing this franchise, the answer is simple: They go away!