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Kovalev hangs ‘em up

Yes, the Habs won, but tonight, a note on a Montreal favourite: L'Artiste. Alex Kovalev, the last remaining member of the 1994 New York Rangers playing in the NHL, and a huge fan favourite in La Belle Province, has retired at 39. Many thought Kovalev might surprise after his first game of the year, in which he put on a show and was first star, but it was all downhill from there. He'd been a healthy scratch of late, and the writing was on the wall.

I've heard many a Hab fan say he never should have left Montreal, and that may be true - he seemed to lose a step as soon as he went to Ottawa. His playoff performances are legendary, as he always seemed to go to second gear, and his physical play - who can forget the elbow to Darcy Tucket's head? - will never be forgotten.

So tonight, from all Habs fans everywhere: thanks for the memories. You truly were L'Artiste. 

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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