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Thrashers taking big risk in Kovalchuk talks

Updated: September 29, 2005, 10:07 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- This sure is a wacky way to build a Stanley Cup contender.

Rebuild your team from the ground up with grit, veteran scoring, a blue-chip goaltending prospect, and a big defense with lots of offensive upside, and then refuse to sign your best player.

Uh, wait a minute. Actually, it doesn't seem like the way to build a Cup contender at all.

After deftly refurbishing his team since the end of the 2003-04 season, Atlanta GM Don Waddell has become immobilized on the ...

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