Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/16/11 at 03:06 PM ET
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate the “trade-ability” of Alexei Kovalev, plus share the latest on Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen and John-Michael Liles:
Burnside: The player I’m most curious about in Ottawa is Alexei Kovalev. The enigmatic winger has been a dog in Ottawa, everyone knows that. But there’s still something about his skill set and the possibility he could regain his fire over a few short weeks (especially with his contract in Ottawa coming to an end) that will make him attractive to some GM.
I talked to a scout last night that thought he would be a nice fit in Pittsburgh (assuming Sidney Crosby returns at some point from a concussion), and I tend to agree. Can’t believe Murray would be asking for anything of value (fourth-round pick? fifth?) to get Kovalev and his salary off the books. Remember, in Kovalev’s last 22 playoffs games, all with Montreal, he had 21 points. Hmm.
LeBrun: With every trade, the market price adjusts. Kelly went for a second-round pick, which seems a little high. He’s not a rental, having one more year on his deal next season at $2 million. Once again, a non-rental moved yesterday. Francois Beauchemin, Versteeg, Joffrey Lupul, Mike Fisher and Kelly all have term left on their deals past this season. So, to answer your question on Kovalev, the market has yet to yield a price for rentals this close to the deadline.
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