If Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk plays one game for his Russian club after Oct. 5, the Thrashers can kiss their star goodbye for this season.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, Kovalchuk and the Thrashers are no closer to a deal and he is willing to play in Russia if they can't come to terms. If he plays for his Russian club team after Oct. 5, Kovalchuk would need to clear waivers before returning to the NHL.
"I feel like we've made a big push to sign Ilya," Waddell told the Chronicle. "He's a big part of our past, and we want him to be a big part of our future. Unfortunately, this is a business first and a sport second. But we're going to do everything in our power to get Ilya here."