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The Price For A Rental Player

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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Of course I want the penguins to win the stanley cup, but i am also a realist.  The fact is the penguins should not be even close to considered “buyers” this year.  There is really no way they are going to compete.  They have way too many injuries to key players and guys like Kovalev are not going to help in any way. 

As a huge penguins fan, as disappointing as it will be to not see the penguins in the playoffs this year, it would be even more disappointing to see us give away draft picks, roster players, or prospects for the hope of making the playoffs.  If Crosby was playing right now, it would be a different story… but he isn’t.  Who knows how well he will play when he gets back, not to mention Malkin is done for the year.  I am pretty sure this has something to do with why the penguins have been so quite in the trade department.  More than likely Shero needs to know if/when Crosby is coming back this season.

Kovalev would be a long shot with Crosby and Malkin.  Without Malkin, it becomes a shot in the dark, and without Crosby and Malkin it becomes borderline absurd.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/16/11 at 04:40 PM ET

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Without Malkin, it becomes a shot in the dark, and without Crosby and Malkin it becomes borderline absurd.
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I have to disagree with your conclusion.  I think it would be a huge mistake to wait until the off-season to begin building next years team.  Especially considering the players available at the trade deadline will most likely not be available in the off-season.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/16/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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I have to disagree with your conclusion.  I think it would be a huge mistake to wait until the off-season to begin building next years team.  Especially considering the players available at the trade deadline will most likely not be available in the off-season.

Well I never said anything about building a team.  The penguins had a great competitive team before all the injuries.  They have some UFA’s to deal with for sure but they have until July 1st I believe to re-sign them.  Not sure what you mean by huge mistake waiting until the off-season.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/16/11 at 06:53 PM ET

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