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03-10-2004, 05:46 PM
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Welcome Kovalev

Sounds like he can't wait to be here, just an awesome deal for us.

Originally Posted by On the first home game
“It’s exciting to play that first home game,” said the newly-acquired forward before a mass of media on Wednesday. “The atmosphere is unbelievable in this locker room. Guys are really cool to one another and that’s why the team has won what, seven of the last eight? I’m pretty excited to be here.”
Originally Posted by On Mike Ribeiro, his current linemate
“I told him just to play his game and not to worry about me. The most important thing for me is when everyone on the line competes and plays hard – that’s when the line will be successful. That’s what everyone on this team does.”
Originally Posted by On Montreal
“I was watching TV and looking for a movie and hockey was on every channel,” he said. “It’s pretty nice because the fans here know the players and the team a lot better, whereas in the U.S. the focus is mostly on baseball or football. This is a hockey town and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Originally Posted by Pressure Player
“I’ve always been a great player under pressure, so the more pressure you put on me, the better I play,” he said with a shrug.''
Originally Posted by On Markov
Some of the guys are saying he’s smiling more since I came here, and that’s great to hear,” he said of Markov. “Maybe that’s it – sometimes you get help not from being taught more, but just by relaxing, forgetting about hockey and thinking about something else. Maybe that’s what I can do for him.”
Originally Posted by Funny Man Langdon
“Koivu on one side and Kovalev on the other,” said Darren Langdon with a grin, contemplating his locker position and the large groups of media likely to gather on either side of it. “I’m out of luck.”

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