Zipay adds that Atlanta will most likely command Brandon Dubinsky, either Chris Higgins or Ales Kotalik, a prospect such as Bobby Sanguinetti and maybe a No. 2 pick. The Flyers, Bruins, Canucks, Flames, Kings and Blackhawks could put together even more attractive packages.
On the monetary aspect Zipay says...
"To rent Kovalchuk, the Rangers, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, would have to clear about $3 million in cap space. A long-term deal, presumably worth $8 million or more per year, could wait until July, when a decision on moving Wade Redden or Michal Rozsival would have to be made."
Finally Zipay says Kovalchuk will help in numerous areas including scoring, ticket sales and appeasing the fans.
...if the Rangers aren't willing to part with Dubinsky (the only real loss in the deal) they could clear some cap space at the trade deadline (Kotalik, Voros & Rozsival), wait till the offseason to see if they can do anything with Redden and make Kovalchuk a big offer.