Brian MacLellan called acquiring Ilya Kovlachuk a ‘no brainer.’ ‘He’ll do anything’ for a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
Capitals’ general manager Brian MacLellan spoke with the media shortly after the NHL trade deadline passed at 3 PM.
MacLellan spent a majority of his talk focusing on the acquisition of forward Ilya Kovalchuk from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick. The Stanley Cup-winning GM sees Kovalchuk fitting in on the team’s third line, replacing Richard Panik on the right wing. “We can start him in our bottom six and move him up for shifts, depending on the coaches. I just think it gives our coaching staff a lot of flexibility.”
Mac added that he spoke to Kovy and the Olympic gold medalist was willing to take any role that was needed on the team to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
“I’ve talked to him a couple times about accepting a role and he’s pretty clear in his mind that he’ll do anything as long as he has a chance to win a championship,” MacLellan said.