Folks, it's been an interesting 24 hours for the Thrashers. Almost exactly one day ago, John Kincade announced that the Thrashers would be trading Ilya Kovalchuk. We got some details about the contract he was offered. Kincade also claimed that Kari Lehtonen is on the way out.
Things seemed to be moving even closer in the evening, when our very own Falconer received word from a source close to the situation claiming that a deal with the Los Angeles Kings was "close." He posted that information here, and about 20 minutes later, it was posted to the SB Nation blog From the Rink.
Later that evening, TSN's Bob McKenzie shot back at Falconer, going so far as to call him, and by extension, this blog, "amateur hour." Now hey there.
Of course, today we find out that Ilya Kovalchuk has, in fact, been told that he will be traded. A trade is not finished at this point, but one can be expected over the next couple days.
Given all of the excitement around the situation, the four of us here at BWA thought it would be appropriate to bump up an idea that we were planning for after the Olympic break. We'd like to have a live discussion of happenings with the Thrashers, probably weekly, and allow fans to submit questions both ahead of time and live. The plan was to test out some services and finalize our plans during the break. Given the current situation, though, we decided to run a test tonight and invite all of you to join us.
So this evening at 6:00 PM EST, you're welcome to join us for a live discussion of the Kovalchuk situation. We'll be using the BlogTalkRadio hosting service. A link to tonight's show is right here. Myself, Falconer, and Aaron should all be on the line, no word yet if Milkshake can make it. as well as last minute Milkshake...
If you have a question or comment, you may call in during the show. We should be able to take a limited number of calls. However, you're much more likely to get your question in by submitting in advance. We've set up a voice mailbox where you can leave comments and questions, the number is (503) 4-ATL-BWA. You're welcome to call in and leave a message.
A disclaimer: we haven't tested out this service yet, so don't expect this to be a fully smooth, well-produced radio show. This is a pilot, a test, whatever you'd like to call it. Still, we hope you can join us.