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Just Say No to Kovalchuk?

From great friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:

In 27 games played with the Devils this season, Kovalchuk had just ten goals, in addition to the two he netted in five games played against the Flyers in the quarterfinals. Those are not horrible numbers, obviously, but they are not what we have seen in previous years of his career and they are the only reason why he does not have an atrocious plus/minus rating. His performance in the playoffs this season was below-par, and I think that was the assuring fact that he will not be back with the Devils next season.

This may sound harsh, but Kovalchuk does not give a rat’s tail about the defensive end of the rink. He does not make an effort to backcheck, he does not make an effort to help around by the net, and he is not an option to put on the penalty kill. His only ability is scoring, which he can do quite well, but only when he chooses that he wants to.

People have recently been asking why Kovalchuk did not fit in New Jersey. Well, the Devils, sine their birth, have always been a defense-first team. Kovalchuk does not know how to play a system like that, in fact, he doesn’t know how to play much of any system at all. He is a floater that waits for the puck, and when he gets it, he chooses if he wants to do something with it or not.

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Kovalchuk is a soloist in a team game.  Exciting to watch but I don’t think you can win with him.

Posted by 13 user names from New York on 04/26/10 at 02:28 PM ET


Here is another Rangers blogger trying to get everyone to say no to Kovalchuk so that the the market for him will dry up a little allowing the Rangers to swoop in and overpay another UFA this summer.


Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/26/10 at 04:26 PM ET


The Rangers are my team - but this is loaded with so much bullshit. I would love for the Rangers to sign Kovalchuk. I don’t think he’s worth the elite money, but he’s a great player. And this writer obviously didn’t watch the Devils playoff series. Kovalchuk looked like the only player on the ice that gave a damn. And his numbers were the best on the team in the playoffs (which aren’t great mind you - but still).

Stupid, stupid blog post.

Posted by Gary on 04/26/10 at 05:21 PM ET

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