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Kovalev To Penguins

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

PIT has acquired Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators. Done deal.

UPDATE:  Penguins’ official press release after the jump…..

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Alex Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The pick will become a sixth-round selection if the Penguins win the first round of the playoffs and he plays at least 50 percent of the games in the first round.

Kovalev, 38, will be in his second tour of duty with Pittsburgh after originally spending parts of five seasons with the Penguins between 1998-2003.

The Togliatti, Russia native ranked fourth (tied) on Ottawa with 27 points (14G-13A) in 54 games. He has six goals and nine points over his previous 10 games. Earlier this season, Kovalev notched his 1,000th NHL point with a goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 22.

Kovalev’s best NHL seasons came during his first stint in Pittsburgh. In 345 games with the Penguins the 6-foot-2, 222-pound forward tallied 149 goals, 198 assists and 347 points. He added 11 goals and 28 points in 39 postseason contests.

A two-time All-Star during his time with the Penguins, Kovalev established career highs across the board offensively in 2000-01, scoring 44 goals and adding 51 assists for 95 points.

In addition to playing for Pittsburgh and Ottawa, Kovalev, who was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (15th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, has also suited up for the Rangers (twice) and Montreal during his 18-year NHL career. Kovalev was a member of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup championship squad.

Kovalev has 426 goals, 591 assists and 1,017 points in 1,282 career games. He has 44 goals and 54 assists in 116 career postseason contests.

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SnLO's avatar

HA HA!

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 02/24/11 at 03:21 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Damn lunchtime deals…. wink

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/24/11 at 03:35 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

If they had Sid or Gino this might be good - no one to get him the puck, ‘cause he sure as hell is not getting it himself!

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 02/24/11 at 03:39 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

I guess they had enough room with everyone on LTIR, but seriously…I had no idea they had this much wiggle space under the CAP.

All that said, good luck with the floater and his private jet.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 02/24/11 at 03:40 PM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

For a 7th round pick.  Nothing really to lose there.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/24/11 at 03:43 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Per Bob McKenzie:


TSNBobMcKenzie OTT receives conditional 7th round pick for Kovalev. If PIT wins 1st round of playoffs and Kovalev plays 50 per cent of games, it’s a 6th.

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/24/11 at 03:47 PM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

Wait, is this guy a Bylsma/Shero type-player?

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 02/24/11 at 03:49 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

exactly, if pitt had Sidney or Eugene this Could be scary…

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/24/11 at 03:50 PM ET

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I think at this point, anyone who can put the puck in the net is a Bylsma/Shero type-player.  Contrary to what EvilPens says….

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/24/11 at 03:50 PM ET

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I guess they had enough room with everyone on LTIR, but seriously…I had no idea they had this much wiggle space under the CAP.

VIA Capgeek’s twitter account….“Malkin/Crosby on LTIR gave #penguins cap space to acquire Kovalev; Crosby can return with Vitale/Wallace/Johnson/Sterling demotions.”

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/24/11 at 03:57 PM ET

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I’m pretty sure this deal was made in mind with the intention of Crosby coming back. At the very least, if Kovalev can improve the Pens awful Powerplay, this can be a very important deal for the playoffs.

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 02/24/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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Why not do this deal? for a 6th or 7th rounder, it’s really a no brainer if we get the Kovalev with desire. Here’s hoping he tries to fit into our system.

Posted by chuckinrlp on 02/24/11 at 04:04 PM ET

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At the very least, Kovy will play the point on the PP way better than Sterling! (I know, HCDB has already said that Martin will take that spot, but that was before Kovy was a Pen - again!)

Posted by penguinsfan on 02/24/11 at 04:07 PM ET

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He’s not a “typical” Bylsma/Shero player, but he’s a one-shot scorer. He can make his own plays in the offensive zone, and the Penguins D can get him the puck. He had great years in Pittsburgh, and with his play of late, his contract running out, his age, and the chance to win a Stanley Cup, it’s not unreasonable to think that he’s going to be very dangerous for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Now Pittsburgh has two legitimate snipers, and with Letestu and Jeffrey coming back, those two will get some real opportunities to show it.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/24/11 at 04:07 PM ET

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Geez, Shero is out to fleece everyone this month. Two seriously good deals for the Pens now.

Kovalev might have way underperformed this season, but there’s no denying the talent.  No real risk or loss in this deal, potential for significant gains. Nicely done.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/24/11 at 05:19 PM ET

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So, in the last couple of days, Pittsburgh has turned a slightly-above-average defenseman and a crappy draft pick into two top-six wingers and a slightly-below-average defenseman. Good lord. If Crosby ever gets back ...

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 02/24/11 at 05:20 PM ET

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good move

Posted by edillac from isolation on 02/24/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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There’s no real risk in the deal, but there is the question of whether you could have used your assets to get some other winger in the market. 

I mean, having Alex Kovalev is better than not having him.

But is having Kovalev better than having some other rental winger (maybe a tad younger, without his poor rep, who seems like a better fit for Bylsma’s system)? 

I say this with the caveats that:  no, I don’t know who else is out there and, yes, I know you would have to give up more to get a younger, better player.  Just think it’s worth going a little further in analyzing this trade than simply saying, oh they got him for nothing, so it’s good.  He’s not the only player they could have gotten.

Look at the wording of the conditional pick—it almost seems both sides are accounting for the possibility that he would be scratched in any playoff series.  Kind of a red flag, there.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 02/24/11 at 05:34 PM ET

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Steal for the price.  Another good one for Shero

Posted by hiero4life from anywhere i am on 02/24/11 at 05:35 PM ET

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I think at this point, anyone who can put the puck in the net is a Bylsma/Shero type-player.  Contrary to what EvilPens says….

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/24/11 at 12:50 PM ET

Ahhh, someone willing to admit the truth.  And it’s not like there’s any shame in admitting this… I don’t know why admitting your two leading scorers being out for possibly the year is such a BAD thing…


For me, I don’t get it.  It would seem Kovalev is the exact type of player they WOULDN’T want in the room right now before the playoffs but… whatever.  Kovalev is like that guy playing EASHL online that does nothing the entire game unless there’s a turnover and a breakaway, at which point he’s suddenly all involved in the play.

I know it’s low-risk with what you’re giving up.  I’m not sure it’s low-risk to the team though.

Posted by Primis on 02/24/11 at 07:17 PM ET

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Ehhh the best thing I think is this signifies that Shero & Co. believe/know Sid will be back grin

Posted by Evilpens on 02/24/11 at 07:29 PM ET

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“Ehh the best thing I think is this signifies that Shero & Co. believe/know Sid will be back”
Posted by Evilpens on 02/24/11 at 04:29 PM ET

It’s a nice thought, but I think it just signifies that Shero & Co. still believe in the team, and identified its needs. Goaltending + defense + special teams + opportunist scoring go a long ways in the playoffs.

If they knew Sid weren’t coming back , what type of moves/non-moves do you think he would be making?

Posted by NathanBC on 02/24/11 at 07:45 PM ET

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They wouldn’t be trading for Kovy. I don’t think, Because a1st line of Neal- Staal- Kovy isn’t going to strike fear in any teams heart & the 2nd line of Kunitz- Letestu-TK isn’t making anyone shake in their skates or shoes.

Staal is a Very good 3rd Line C but that is what he is

Posted by Evilpens on 02/24/11 at 08:01 PM ET

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Neal-Staal-Kovalev doesn’t strike fear into my heart, but it’s closer than Neal-Staal-Kennedy or Neal-Staal-Dupuis.

Every little bit helps. Even if it’s only enough to get your team from from a round 1 loss to a round 2 loss, or even from 5-and-out to 7-and-out, it’s more time for the young players and new guys to gain experience and forge chemistry in the pressure cooker of playoff hockey, and more dollars for the bottom line.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 02/24/11 at 08:31 PM ET

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Seems like an excellent move.  Nobody wins championships without old guys on the team for stability.  If the only thing Kovalev does is have one outstanding game in the 7th of a series during the playoffs, the move looks pretty good.  Adding experience to stabilize the younger guys when the pressure is on…well…that is how Championship teams are built.  Shero is addressing the possibility of having 2 players missing during the playoffs that the youngsters look to the most for leadership when it comes to perform or polish your golf clubs.  The Wings won B2B cups by picking up Larry Murphy on waivers after he was run out of Toronto.  Kovalev can produce come crunch time, he was just stuck on a team that always shot themselves in the foot long before the game got down to the wire.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/24/11 at 09:47 PM ET

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Speaking of Murphy, I just found this.

And remembered that PIT lost in the finals 2008, added experience at the deadline in ‘09 and won the cup.  Bill Guerin was added 17 games before the season ended, right after Bylsma took over as head coach.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/24/11 at 10:06 PM ET

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I like the move.  It’s little risk.  If he stinks out the joint, they can always sit him.  I have some worries how he will fit in the Pens system, but even with a fully healthy Pens squad and at his age, Kovalev has more talent than most of their wingers.  Here’s hoping he shows it.  And will Adams give up 27?

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/24/11 at 11:24 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

what is Kovalev’s cap hit, and remaining cap hit this season?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/25/11 at 01:11 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Approx. 1.25 million… Making 5 million for the year, Pens have 20 games, or approx. 1/4 of the season left…..

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/25/11 at 01:13 PM ET

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I wonder what the Pens will do with him, and his $5 million cap hit, next year….

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/25/11 at 01:50 PM ET

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Paulin, they won’t have to do anything. His contract is up at the end of this season. If he plays well, they’ll likely try to resign him, but not for $5mil/per year.

Posted by penguinsfan on 02/25/11 at 01:51 PM ET

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He is a ufa next year

Posted by chuckinrlp on 02/25/11 at 01:52 PM ET

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Paulin, they won’t have to do anything. His contract is up at the end of this season. If he plays well, they’ll likely try to resign him, but not for $5mil/per year.

oh, my bad.  I thought this was the end of his first year on the two year contract.

so he’s a rental, with the possibility of renewing with them if it’s a good fit.

personally I think this is an excellent move for them.  experienced, talented veteran - a necessary piece of the playoff puzzle.  if his attitude isn’t an issue this should work out well for both sides.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/25/11 at 02:15 PM ET

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