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February, 4, 2010

Ilya, Ilya, where will thou land, Ilya? The talented Mr. Kovalchuk is soon jetting to a new destination. What a sad tale. He so desperately wanted to stay in Atlanta. If only the Thrashers would have given him the richest contract in league history. Oh, what might have been? If he'd only stayed another several years, the Atlanta Thrashers just might have won a playoff game.

Let's hope that Atlanta GM Don Waddell doesn't get fleeced too badly this time. I mean, that Marian Hossa deal didn't amount to much, did it?

Anyway, that's enough about that. We have some games to pick. I went a not-too-thrilling 4-4. That makes me 26-17 over the past few weeks. Here's what I have for you tonight.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.