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by Ravi on 08/08/11 at 03:18 PM ET
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).
Saying that the Ottawa journalists don’t watch gives more insight to AK27’s character and the level of insight he brings to game. Don’t forget that this is the player that was SENT HOME for a few days with the Canadiens. Think about it. Sent. Home. Yet he seems like he was more preoccupied with what the reporters were doing instead of playing the game.
I have the good fortune of living in Montreal, and being a Sens fan. To anyone in Montreal it was clear that Kovalev’s heart was just not in Ottawa. You would see in Montreal on off days, doing PR for his dvd’s whenever the need arose. He just didn’t want to be in Ottawa. So to blame other people for his play in Ottawa is another telling sign at how this interview should be read.
Every city that he played in wrote and said the same things about him. At every stop his effort level has been questioned and yet the interview (the translated parts) seemed to serve as a way for Kovalev to deflect blame for the fact that he just doesn’t care. He’s got all the skill in the world, yet none of the drive to have it matter anymore.
Think Crosby takes a shift off? What about Chara? What about Marty St. Louis, who was never drafted, and understands that the NHL is a privilege, not a right. They don’t. Kovalev seems to think (or at least play like) he doesn’t have to put in any effort.
As a Sens fan, I’m happy he is not a part of the organization anymore. As a hockey lover, I thrilled that he is out of a league that should reward those who work hard.
Goodbye Kovalev, enjoy the bus rides.
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