This probably shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but Chris Vivlamore is reporting that Slava Kozlov has asked to be traded.
Kozlov has been a healthy scratch lately and would obviously like to be playing more. With his contract up at the end of the season he could be an attractive player on the trade market as teams load up for playoff runs prior to Wednesday’s 3pm trade deadline. Kozlov has a no-trade clause, so he has control over potential destinations, but if a serious Cup contender comes calling I don’t think he’ll hesitate to waive it.
If Slava Kozlov hits the trade market what do you think a reasonable return for his services would be?
Whatever happens, Slava Kozlov will go down as one of the greatest Thrashers ever. He currently ranks second in franchise history in games played, goals, assists, and points as well as multi-points games, power-play points, power-play goals and game-winning goals.
As The Falconer pointed out today, Kozlov’s acquisition back at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft should also go down as one of the best trades in franchise history. Kozlov has scored 145 goals and 414 points in 534 games for the Thrashers and was picked up from the Sabres for a third-round pick and a swap of second rounders. A great return thanks to the efforts of a great player.