Ottawa falls short of Kovalchuk

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The Senators tried to be a player in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes before he was dealt to New Jersey, but couldn’t meet the asking price.

Sources confirmed Thursday that Senators GM Bryan Murray made a pitch to Don Waddell for the superstar winger, but the Thrashers weren’t willing to take winger Jonathan Cheechoo’s $3-million US cap hit and wanted a lot more than what Ottawa was offering.

It’s believed Murray may have dangled defenceman Brian Lee as part of a package, but the Thrashers wanted players who were going to make an immediate impact.


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