The Atlanta Thrashers can say whatever they want about losing Ilya Kovalchuk, the reality is, it’s a killer.
The Thrashers were the 12th best regular season offensive team in the NHL last season. That said, a ton of that offense was scored and generated by Kovalchuk, without which, the Thrashers can expect a huge dip in their offensive output and a nosedive in their win totals for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
The Thrashers have watched a slew of all-star caliber players leave or get traded out of Atlanta, including the likes of Dany Heatley, Marc Savard, Marian Hossa and, of course, Kovalchuk.
The endless loss of talent is bound to catch up to your attendance figures as Thrashers fans are continually let down when it comes to keeping their stars in the fold, which will ultimately lead to poor box office and attendance figures.
Given the fact that the Thrashers made an offer to Kovalchuk that was in excess of $100 million, you realize just how badly they needed him to remain in Atlanta.
Sadly, Kovalchuk will not be back.