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Big Year From Kovalev?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

We’ve seen what he can still do when he wants. The magic he can still perform with puck and stick. And even though he’s 37 he should still be able to abracadabra his way to an 80-point season. He’s also a big, strong man, and it’s not like he has slowed. At least not when he’s going forward.

Therein lies the irony in the SPB air last season. The boobirds gave it to Jason Spezza, one of the team’s very best players the last five years, for failing with creative attempts. Not for his lack of effort. But did anybody really get on Kovalev for not trying?

Kovalev wasn’t always a dog, just much of the time when he was gliding toward the Senators zone. If he played in Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus or Florida, fans might not have noticed. In Ottawa, they certainly did.

But then, local columnists were guilty of not calling out Kovalev last season, too. This one was probably caught up in the mystique that surrounded the teammate Nick Foligno referred to as “the most interesting man in the world.” Consider this an apology. It won’t happen again.

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As a Habs’ fan, so sick of that floating, immensely talented drifter, all I can say to the Sens’ faithful is “HA! Told you so!”  By all rights, based on talent, Kovalev should be at the end of a long string of 40 goal, 100 point seasons by now, he’s been playing since 1993, he should have 1500 points, be a sure-fire 1st ballot Hall of Famer.  Instead, he’s maddening, frustrating, and just generally not worth the emotional effort a fan puts into his or her team.

Posted by Ransacker on 09/02/10 at 12:16 PM ET

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