Larry Brooks, via Twitter, is reporting Atlanta is asking for these combinations from the Rangers...
"Staal or DelZotto+Callahan or
Dubinsky+Kreider or Stepan or
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has his thoughts on Kovalchuck here.
Regarding what Atlanta GM Don Waddell wants from the Rangers in return for Ilya Kovalchuk, Bob McKenzie at TSN says...
"There is no question the Thrashers want the Rangers involved because Waddell would love to get one or two of defenceman Marc Staal or forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan."
McKenzie adds that Glen Sather might actually show some restraint as the Rangers primary need is a center and trading Dubinsky would be devastating.
The AJC reports that Kovalchuk has been seeking the maximum salary allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, which is 20 percent of the salary cap, or roughly $11.3 million per season. He is also asking for a lifetime contract in the 10-to-12-year range.
...even if the Rangers decided to give up one or two of three mentioned (god I hope not) there is no way they'll be able to fit Kovalchuk under the salary cap without getting rid of two of three huge contracts of Redden, Rozsival and Drury.
...so basically, unless Sather can work some cap magic, the Rangers would be throwing those players away for a rental. No thanks.