2. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
Wanted for betrayal
This is another example of how your best player doesn’t always make for the best captain.
Kovy served two years as leader of the Thrashers, at which point he essentially abandoned a sinking ship.
Kovalchuk actually took the captaincy mid-way through the 2008-09 season, as the Thrashers were
without a permanent one prior to that. His contract was set to expire at the end of the following season,
so he was dealt at the 2009-10 trade deadline. Kovalchuk reportedly turned down a
12-year $101 million contract offer from the team that drafted him and had recently made him their leader.