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On the 2014 Sochi Olympics: “Even if I was offered a role (to promote the Games), I wouldn’t take it. At this point, I want nothing to do with Russian hockey. There are a lot of people who come to the hockey world in Russia who don’t have any idea. It’s all family relationships: ‘I got this job, I can get you a job on this team, too,’ and that person doesn’t know anything about hockey. It’s pretty much if you get hurt in the KHL, you get traded or bought out. You expect that. They’re not developing players or teams, they’re running a business.”
-Alex Kovalev. Read much more on and from Kovalev by Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.
“Hopefully, I’ll find an NHL team. The preference is always going to be a team I’ve played on (Canadiens, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators) because you know the environment.
“And I’d definitely like to come back to Montreal. They’re all about the young guys, but I can help in all different ways. And I can still play. I have a lot of energy.
“I always think about having left Montreal.” You make a mistake in life and you learn from it. I would make a different move if I could have that back.”
-Alex Kovalev to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, where you can read more.
“Admit it, Ottawa media. We are a beer-smuggling, non-hockey-watching lot. And still, we work harder on game nights than Alex Kovalev.”
- Wayne Scanlan in the Ottawa Citizen
Check out Sporting News for more reaction to Alex Kovalev’s comments this week.
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).
From Sporting News:
Alex Kovalev and Nikolay Zherdev, two talented forwards who signed deals with the KHL’s Atlant Mytishchi in recent days, both say they turned down NHL offers in the process.
The 38-year-old Kovalev, one of the greatest Russian-born players in NHL history and a veteran of the country’s other professional leagues, signed a two-year deal with on July 29.
An unrestricted free agent, Kovalev said he had two NHL offers but turned them down because of the KHL contract’s extra year, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If Alexei Kovalev’s goal is still to play until the age of 50, it would appear he’s about to embark on a 12-year Kontinental Hockey League career.
That is, unless teams over there tire of his act, too.
The 38-year-old former Ottawa Senator has coasted his way right out of the NHL, finding no takers for his services in a league that has teams so desperate one of them is even considering signing Alexei Yashin—while currently paying him to stay away.
But that’s a whole other dopey story.
Not even the New York Islanders were dumb enough to offer a contract to Kovalev, who signed a two-year deal with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL on Friday.
Should be a great game tonight as the Canadiens try to eke a win out of their, to this point, disappointing road trip out west. Carry Price gets the start in hs stomping ground, as the Habs continue to ice a patchwork defense and an offense that continued to underachiever.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Alex Kovalev might not be singing the blues about Senators coach Cory Clouston the rest of the season.
While it’s a longshot because of the high risk for any team looking at Kovalev, league sources say there is one team — the banged-up St. Louis Blues — interested in acquiring the disgruntled Senators winger. But the Blues don’t have the cash to make a move right now….
Sources say there is an investor ready to put more money into the Blues. That won’t happen until Jan. 1 for tax purposes, which means the club can’t afford to take on the remainder of Kovalev’s $5-million (all terms US) salary for now.
Depending on Senators’ on-ice fortunes in the next month, Murray will have to decide whether he’s going to be a buyer or seller at the Feb. 28 trade deadline.
If it’s the latter, Kovalev could be moved for a draft pick.
The Canadiens looked great tonight, beating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on the back of the ever more impressive Carey Price. Goals from four different players staked the Habs to victory, topped off by a late marker from Roman Hamrlik. Hamrlik has been a rock of late, looking younger, faster and more apt to chip in offensively since the injury to Andrei Markov.
Of note to Habs fans, Scott Gomez left in the second with an injury and did not return. Yanick Weber, taken headfirst into the boards early in the game, finished the contest without any apparent cobwebs.
The Canadiens looked great this afternoon, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-1. When Roman Hamrlik gets a breakaway, you know luck is going your way.
More interesting? This nugget from Bruce Garrioch’s weekly column:
“Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier is trying to add a forward with some size. While Gauthier would like to move underachieving C Scott Gomez and his $7.37-million cap hit, that’s not going to happen. Maybe the Habs will take back RW Alex Kovalev from the Senators. He’d like to finish his career in Montreal and he sure looks like this might be it for him ... “
Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:
***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames. With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While Senators GM Bryan Murray told reporters he doesn’t believe the Russian veteran has fully recovered from knee surgery he had in April, Kovalev scoffed at the suggestion Wednesday.
“Not very good,” said Murray when asked how he felt about Kovalev’s play. “It looks like his skating isn’t where it was last year. I think there are lingering effects maybe from the surgery he had.
“I’m hoping that’s part of it and I’m hoping as time goes on, he gets going. I don’t think Alex is where he will be. We need him to be a good hockey player and to be a creative player. He doesn’t need to be a star. He has to be creative and help players he plays with. I expect that will happen.”
Kovalev didn’t agree with Murray’s assessment of his skating.
The Montreal Canadiens had a productive weekend, taking four points from two divisional rivals in wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. On Friday night, Carey Price was the hero, making a number of good saves against a Buffalo team that often seems to have Montreal’s number when playing South of the border. On Saturday, it was the team’s turn to bail Price out from a couple of unfortunate goals, as the Tomas Plekanec line put on a show, recording 15 shots in coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Andrei Kostitsyn, who has looked like a different player sans Sergei, scored the winner with minutes to go.
Where did Lars go?
One negative to come out of the weekend was the play of Lars Eller, who has seen himself go from a potential top line winger to fourth line scrub.
Alex Kovalev and Francois Beauchemin dropped the gloves tonight.
“It’s definitely hard, we don’t get that many opportunities to score goals, but when we do we usually hit the goalie or miss the net. Eventually it’s going to turn around. We definitely want to turn it around as quick as possible. Me personally. I’d love to score. Who doesn’t? But there’s nothing I can do (but) just continue to play hard and things will turn around.
“I’m happy about my game. I’m trying to do as much as possible to help the team.”
-Alex Kovalev of the Ottawa Senators. Kovalev is -10 with no points in his last nine games. More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
from Alex Kovalev at RDS (translated),
It is with pleasure that I join the team of the first RDS.ca to keep contact with you, but also to let you know what happens with my new training. I also take this column to comment on topical issues, as the sad news that will force Andrei Markov to miss the next four months of operations.
At first, I want to talk about my team, the Senators. I’ll be on the second trio with Peter Regin (center) and Mike Fisher, who left his position as center. I am confident that things will go well because, first, I feel very good and secondly because I know we have a solid team. Just look at our first trio (Michalec-Spezza-Alfredsson) to understand that we will be dangerous.
from Barry Riz of TSN,
The former Montreal Canadiens forward - who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent this summer - told reporters on Thursday that he would like to finish his career in Montreal.
“I was disappointed, I thought for sure I’d be staying here,” said Kovalev at his charity golf tournament in Montreal. “I couldn’t really understand what had just happened. In the end, I took it from a business point of view. You had a chance to stay here, and you didn’t, so you just go and do the job somewhere else. But maybe somewhere in the future I’ll be back again, and get the same support.”
A Russian sports newspaper reports that the Montreal Canadiens have offered the team’s captaincy to pending unrestricted free agent Alex Kovalev and that Saku Koivu is no longer in plans for the team.
According to Sovietsky Sport, the Canadiens don’t intend to re-sign Koivu and would opt to re-sign Kovalev to a one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7.5 million. The story also claims that Kovalev would be awarded the captaincy.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Montreal forward Alex Kovalev will be wearing the captain’s “C” in front of the home folks at Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Kovalev was named captain of the Eastern Conference team and San Jose center Joe Thornton will wear the “C” for the Western Conference squad when the NHL holds its 57th All-Star Game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
From the CP via TSN,
Alex Kovalev said making a hockey DVD for charity was prompted by his own heart troubles as a child in Russia.
The Montreal Canadiens star forward released a two-DVD set on Monday called “Alex Kovalev - My Hockey Tips And Training Methods.”
All proceeds will go toward helping kids around the world with cardiac problems.
Alex Kovalev could shatter some long-standing Canadiens records this season if he continues to put up points on the power play. With 16 goals and 26 assists with the man advantage, Kovalev is within four goals of Yvan Cournoyer’s record of 20 set in 1966-67. Kovalev is also eight points shy of Mats Naslund’s points record set in 1985-86 when he had 19 goals and 31 assists on the power play.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.
It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.
KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space. The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.
You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.
Alex Kovalev delivered an elbow to Holweg that was missed by the refs. Hollweg’s first shift after the hit, delivered a hit from behind on Sergei Kostitsyn.
Ryan Hollweg was given five for boarding and a game. According to Mike Emrick, this type of penalty also brings an automatic one game suspension.
Watch video of both hits…
Habs Inside/Out pointed to this video today, which was first posted last year on YouTube. A nice little demonstration of what stickhandling and accuracy looks like when Alex Kovalev shows off his skills.
From the CP via TSN,
If the National Hockey League had an award for comeback player of the year, a prime candidate could be Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens.
Last season, the skilled but unpredictable right winger scored only 18 goals and looked to be on his way out of Montreal and perhaps even the NHL.
But Kovalev has rebounded to become the Canadiens scoring leader, as well as acting as mentor to young Belarus forwards Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn.
“You can’t be perfect all your career - there’s going to be ups and downs,” the 34-year-old Kovalev said Thursday after the pre-game skate. “Last year was one of those years where you can’t find your game and nothing’s going your way.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Congratulations to Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev, who last night scored the 800th point of his NHL career – in his 1,000th game.
*view some pictures of Kovalev in action during his 1,000th game…
(sorry. link no longer available)
Following Tuesday’s loss to the Panthers, the Canadiens associate captain voiced his frustration with the tactics that were used in the dying moments that allowed Florida to tie the game.
“In the last two minutes, we knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Kovalev told the TEAM 990 in Montreal. “It was just my idea that we could have taken a timeout, get organized and get the right people on the ice. Maybe it could have been better. That’s what I saw from the bench.”...
On Thursday, Kovalev was critical of the media for creating a story where there was none.
“Everybody knows nothing is going on and everything is good between me and Carbo,” Kovalev told reporters. “It’s just you guys try to have a competition between each other and try to twist words, who twisted words better.”