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Alex Kovalev, the joke that keeps on joking

I tried folks, I really tried to let my feeling for Alex Kovalev die out. I tried not to have think about him in a Sens uniform anymore, shuffling on an off the ice like a petulant child after not being given what he wanted. I was thrilled when he “left” the NHL for the KHL thinking that I’d never have to think, write, speak about him again and then comes his interview where he rips all things Ottawa.

Yeah, Clouston was not the greatest coach in league history, and yeah maybe he didn’t always communicate with the players, but to say he should have treated players kindly is a joke. You play hockey for a living, getting paid millions of dollars and your concern is getting treated kindly? Sorry AK27, maybe showing some effort, heart, or enthusiasm would have resulted in more positive treatment from the coach, and more ice time. Maybe, just maybe, it would have resulted in the Sens being able to trade you for something higher than a LAST round pick (the pro sports version of a bag of pucks).

Saying that the Ottawa journalists don’t watch gives more insight to AK27’s character and the level of insight he brings to game. Don’t forget that this is the player that was SENT HOME for a few days with the Canadiens. Think about it. Sent. Home.  Yet he seems like he was more preoccupied with what the reporters were doing instead of playing the game.

I have the good fortune of living in Montreal, and being a Sens fan. To anyone in Montreal it was clear that Kovalev’s heart was just not in Ottawa. You would see in Montreal on off days, doing PR for his dvd’s whenever the need arose. He just didn’t want to be in Ottawa. So to blame other people for his play in Ottawa is another telling sign at how this interview should be read.

Every city that he played in wrote and said the same things about him. At every stop his effort level has been questioned and yet the interview (the translated parts) seemed to serve as a way for Kovalev to deflect blame for the fact that he just doesn’t care. He’s got all the skill in the world, yet none of the drive to have it matter anymore.

Think Crosby takes a shift off? What about Chara? What about Marty St. Louis, who was never drafted, and understands that the NHL is a privilege, not a right. They don’t. Kovalev seems to think (or at least play like) he doesn’t have to put in any effort.

As a Sens fan, I’m happy he is not a part of the organization anymore. As a hockey lover, I thrilled that he is out of a league that should reward those who work hard.

Goodbye Kovalev, enjoy the bus rides.

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wow blogger, how desperate are you to find something to write about?

Posted by JD from Thunder Bay on 08/08/11 at 04:49 PM ET


A Sens fan living in Mtl….Grow up.

Posted by RC from Thunder Bay on 08/08/11 at 04:51 PM ET


Your assessment of AK27 is correct. I am not a sens fan, but I believe your article can be translated to any player that has no class and cannot appreciate the privilege it is to be an elite player and getting paid a lot of money in the process. As a fan, we want to see our favorite players work hard (or at least pretending to work hard!)..we pay a lot of money to watch them play…and seeing any player act like Kovalev did, is a shame..I feel for the Kovi fans out there..must be very frustrating

Posted by Catherine de Montreal on 08/08/11 at 05:12 PM ET


You’re assessment of Kovalev isn’t wrong (seriously; how much energy does it really take to keep your stick on the ice vs holding it sideways at your waist, Kovy), but neither is Kovalev wrong about Clouston not knowing what he was doing or (presumably) Garriach and Brennan talking out of their behinds on most days.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/08/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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Clouston definitely wasn’t getting the most out of his players. Kovalev is the first to say this about him publicly (and he’s got nothing to lose, so why not?) but this has been the 411 on Clouston for a while. I don’t think it’s reachign too far to say that at the NHL level players expect to be talked with. ‘You know what you did’ is not a good attitude for a coach to take.

As for his assessment of the Ottawa media, I don’t think there is a hockey fan in this town who hasn’t thought our media was out to lunch at some point. While I may not know how much beer Don Brennan packs in his bags, I’ve often wondered how much he’s had when he pens his columns. Garrioch enjoys a much better reputation outside Ottawa than in it. Outside of Ian Mendes, there are few Ottawa journalists who bring anything to the table when discussing the Sens and their columns and commentary tend to beat the same drums over and over.

That said, I don’t think the criticism of Kovalev’s time here was entirely unwaranted. He mostly came as advertised, though.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/08/11 at 07:17 PM ET


wow blogger, how desperate are you to find something to write about?

Posted by JD from Thunder Bay on 08/08/11 at 02:49 PM ET

A Sens fan living in Mtl….Grow up.

Posted by RC from Thunder Bay on 08/08/11 at 02:51 PM ET

2 posts ragging on the author from people in Thunder Bay who prefer to go by 2 random initials?  There is no possible way that is the same guy.

Posted by SM from Not Thunder Bay on 08/08/11 at 08:07 PM ET


Yeah that is weird.  But really I did not write the “RC from Thunder Bay” post.

Posted by JD from Thunder Bay on 08/09/11 at 02:54 AM ET


Garrioch enjoys a much better reputation outside Ottawa than in it

How much worse can his reputation be? Outside of Ottawa he is known as a rumor mongering blowhard with no credbility at all.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/09/11 at 10:56 AM ET

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