Kovalchuk near deal

Sun wires, BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:49 PM ET

The Atlanta Thrashers were moving closer to re-signing star winger Ilya Kovalchuk after making progress in negotiations yesterday.

It's believed the two sides have an agreement in principle on a five-year deal worth between $32 million US and $33 million.

Thrashers GM Don Waddell travelled to New York yesterday to meet with Kovalchuk and the player's agent, Jay Grossman.

"We had a really good meeting and we made a lot of progress," Grossman told the Sun. "We met for the better part of the day and we don't have a deal yet, but we are moving in the right direction."

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Thrashers 7, Capitals 3 -- At Washington, Peter Bondra scored the opening goal and added two assists to send Atlanta past the Capitals. Another former Senator, Marian Hossa, scored his first goal as a Thrasher and added two assists.

Flyers 5, Devils 2 -- At Philadelphia, Jon Sim had the go-ahead goal, and Simon Gagne scored twice, leading the Flyers past New Jersey.

Flames 3, Blue Jackets 1 -- At Columbus, Ohio, Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow's go-ahead goal early in the third period as Calgary won.

Panthers 2, Lightning 0 -- At Sunrise, Fla., Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for his second straight shutout and Juraj Kolnik broke a scoreless tie with 2:27 left, lifting Panthers to the win.

Sabres 4, Bruins 1 -- At Buffalo, N.Y., Ryan Miller made 35 saves to help lift the Sabres over the Bruins. Boston is 0-2 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

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