January 25, 2010 // 10:32am ET
Bruins likely to pass on Kovalchuk

Given the price tag associated to acquire Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk, the Bruins may be out of the running, reports the Boston Globe.

The Bruins are in the market for some scoring punch, but the paper suggests general manager Peter Chiarelli won't give up what the Thrashers will likely request.

According to the Globe, the Bruins would need to give up Milan Lucic or David Krejci as part of a package for Kovalchuk, something Chiarelli isn't expected to do given Kovalchuk can walk away as an unrestricted free agent July 1.

It's believed the Thrashers will not give a team permission to speak with Kovalchuk's agent prior to completing a trade.

The Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks are among the teams interested in Kovalchuk.

Files from: Boston Globe

[ From the Editor ]
The price tag is just too high for Boston. I've counted them out for some time now, and this is why. They won't trade top players for a free agent. Now, if Atlanta turns around with an offer that's too good to pass up and doesn't include top-level NHL players, then that's a different story... but I wouldn't bet on that happening. Look for the Bruins to make a deal for a second-line scorer before the deadline. -- David Pagnotta

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