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Future of Atlanta Thrashers is now

Updated: December 4, 2009, 3:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- With every passing day, with each improbable win, with each surprising rung climbed up the NHL standings, the nervousness builds for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Will he sign?

Each passing day brings this beleaguered NHL franchise closer to a crossroads, to a truly defining moment.

Either captain Ilya Kovalchuk will sign a long-term contract extension, or he will be put on the open market and sold to the highest bidder in advance of the March ...

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