Ya, I know. It’s summer. Nothing is happening in hockey. But come on, the only signing yesterday was Bud Holloway signing in Sweden.
Ya. This summer has been extremely boring as far as hockey is concerned. Montreal isn’t making things any better, it seems as though they are scared to sign anybody. The top move they did was signing Erik Cole, and unless you have low standards, he won’t be the reason you watch Habs games next season.
There are still some….ok…. quality free agents left. One of them is former Montreal winger, Alex Kovalev.
“No no no Steven, we don’t want Mr.Inconsistent back!”
We got Cole, right? May as well take a player who is just as much as a risk.
Kovalev will likely sign cheap anywhere he goes. He is 35 years old, and is not getting better with age. He is a low-risk, high-reward type of player. In the 2007-2008 season, the line of Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn were absolute magic together. Kovalev had 84 points, with 35 goals and 49 assists.
There is no doubting his overall skill. He has a great shot, and is arguably one of the best stick handlers in the entire league. He has an all-star skill set, which won him the 2009 NHL All-Star Game MVP. His 07-08 season was one of the best in decades for a Montreal Canadiens forward.He lives for clutch moments, and will make you pay in the final minutes. He played on a terrible Ottawa team last season, and wasn’t getting great oppurtunies in Pittsburgh, despite the injuries the team was having.
But he does have some major downsides. He tends to lose focus, which can last several games. When he doesn’t feel in the mood to play, which is a lot, he shows it. He also makes lots of mistakes, but usually can make it up by making your goalie make a mistake. He is very one dimensional. He lacks defensive ability like many Russian Snipers, which wont make him popular with Jaques Martin, who wants 2 way forwards.
He was an absolute rock star in Montreal and ignited the Bell Centre the way few others could, despite being an enigma for his four and a half years here. Kovalev has stated before he wouldn’t mind returning to Montreal. He is very active in Montreal charities, and loves the city and its fans in general. It was hard for him to leave Montreal to go to Ottawa, who could care less about how the “worst team in Ontario” plays.
He’s not the shark anymore that he used to be. Hes the salmon, not as good as a shark, but good enough to still be of some importance. His points are clearly in a decline, with season of 65, 49 and 35 points since his 84 point season in 2007-2008. But his worst season in Montreal had him get 65 points (twice). Other then his original tenure in Pittsburgh, he has never played so well on any other team.
Would he be revived in Montreal? I think so.
Should Montreal sign Him? I think so.
Is Montreal the home for him? I think so.
Do You think So?
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