NHL Buzz: Ilya Kovalchuk Decision Day 2.0

Todd CordellCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

Today the NHL will likely make a decision on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract. If the NHL extends the contract review once again, Kovalchuk will likely bolt to the KHL, as the season starts in less than a week.

My take: I think the NHL will make the decision today regardless of what it is. If the NHL does not act fast, they could lose him to the KHL. No matter what way you look at it, Kovalchuk doesn't have a job right now.

Bill Guerin is in talks with several teams. It is believed the LA Kings are among them.

My take: Bill Guerin would be a great fit in LA, as he would provide grit and offense as well as a ton of leadership and experience.

Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Slava Kozlov is expected to sign in the KHL.

My take: I have always liked Kozlov, but everyone knew he wanted a good chunk of money and would not get that in the NHL.

Jack Edwards of NESN.com is reporting the Bruins are not shopping Marc Savard.

My take: In my honest opinion, I don't think there would really be any interest in Savard if he were available, as his age, salary, and history of injuries would scare teams off.

Former Oiler Patrick O'Sullivan is generating some interest, but he would likely have to take $750,000 or less to fetch himself a contract. Various media outlets are reporting that the Penguins could be a fit.

My take: I think the Penguins would be a good fit as long as he signs at a low price. He has all the talent in the world but can never seem to get it together. Playing with Malkin or Crosby would definitely help.

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