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Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:44 pm
If there’s any team that will get Alexei Kovalev to show up more than he has during the last two seasons, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The nice thing is it cost Pittsburgh no more than a sixth-round draft pick to get him back from the Ottawa Senators, so there’s not much down side for the Penguins.

Kovalev turns 38 today and for those of you who weren’t paying attention, his age was been less of a concern for the Senators than the fact he tended to disappear with his $5 million pay checks for extended periods with Ottawa after it signed him as a free agent in 2009. But he had some of his best career seasons with Pittsburgh earlier in the decade, the team is still in contention, and Kovalev still has enough left of his rare skill set to make an impact for the injury-ravaged Penguins. 

He’s been playing his best hockey of the season in the last three weeks too, although that could be because he was desperate to get out of Ottawa. The Senators season has been nothing short of a disaster and the organization has been blowing things up over the last few weeks with a big time fire sale.

Kovalev had his name floating in the rumor mill, but his salary and reputation for being an enigma limited his suitors, probably to no more than the Penguins which is why he didn’t fetch very much for the Senators. 

The Penguins though were an obvious fit because they were painfully weak along the wings even before Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were injured. They acquired young power forward James Neal from Dallas earlier this week, but that deal was done with the future as much as the present in mind.

Getting Kovalev is all about now for a team that is still playoff bound but hurting offensively.   The Penguins are not sure when or if Crosby will be back. Malkin is gone until next season and several other players are out.

Kovalev comes back to place where he’s comfortable and easily motivated and where he should help, especially on the power play.

If nothing else, in Pittsburgh Kovalev should show up.
Category: NHL

Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:41 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

I watched the 94 Playoffs, Kovalev was not the best player, but he was key! He was best forward after Mess. That being said it is 17 years ago and he is not hthe player he once was, buthe was special....

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:03 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

I'm sure its the best out there for giving up nothing.  I love this deal and it's not because i think AK27 is going to tear it up.  I love it because he upgrade our PP, which could have won us a couple games this last week.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:56 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

It's not a great deal, and I can't believe that's the best out there at this point. $ is not an issue with Malkin's 8.7 mill not counting against the cap so who cares about a possible 6th round pick. We're hurtin period, so I guess we'll take the good attitude for as long as it lasts. Hopefully at least til mid May.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:44 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

signed,BIG $66

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:09 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

At about $2 million, Alexei Kovalev is an expensive rental, sure.  But he brings a lot of respectability back to the Penguins, who arguably haven't had more than one good scoring line this year- and that was back when everyone was healthy.  The team's full of good young defensemen and relatively good defensive forwards, "grinders", but has been in a funk ever since Sidney Crosby went out.  With Staal playing well, and the trade for James Neal, the Penguins look a lot better.  With one more trade, this team is still in a good position to go deep in the playoffs, with or without Crosby.

What's really impressive to me is that the roster and cap have remained largely untouched with these two acquisitions.  Ray Shero finally does something to address the lack of depth at forward- bravo! 

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:01 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

I bet Cryin' Bryan Murray wishes he could give Gonchar and that joke of a contract back too.

The only possible down side is that the Pens Organization may have tossed a couple Million $ out the window if he sucks, but hey the money they spend doesn't effect me. Nothing but possible upside in this deal.

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:50 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

Pretty much a nothing trade.  Kovalev was a talented player, who couldn't lead a team;  so without Crosby and Malkin what is Kovy going to do in Pittsburgh? His last two stops in MTL and OTT were embarrassing, I mean the Habs had him stay home for a while to get things back together.  Kovalev's name is on the Cup solely because Messier carried the Rangers. He defines overrated.

Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:22 pm
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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 2:19 pm

Kovalev gets birthday present with trade to Pens

low risk, potentially high reward. 

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