Kovalev Rips Rangers
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03-24-2004, 02:24 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Sin City
rst of all, before everyone gets their panties in a bunch, people should remember that reporters seldom quote and often paraphrase. So when you read a "quote" remember that it's phrased in such a way as to sell newspapers - in other words -"It's sensationalized".That is especially the case in Montreal.
Well then he's been caught with his mouth open twice in two weeks. And again having met him I'm not really surprised. He is a likeable guy but he's not too swift upstairs.
Now, I'm not gonna say that Kovalev was great with the Rangers but consider this -He won the cup with NY and played hard in the playoffs for them his first time around, and because of that I am a Kovalev fan. Then the Rangers shipped him off to Pitt for that waste of skin Nedved who had sucked the big one on brodway his first time around.
The cup was ten years ago and that was the pinnacle of his time here. the next four years were marked by inconsistencies and flashes of brilliance that often dimmed with time.
Once he got to Pittsburgh he flourished.
When he was brought back most everyone thinks he did pretty much what every other big name free agent with the exception of Mark Messier has done - collect a paycheck for showing up.
Most everyone? When did most anyone think he was playing great this season. Sorry but 13 goals is not gonna win a ton of fans. Everyone from the media to the fans were on his for his lack of scoring and mental lapses out there.
But is that really the case? What Kovalev is doing is not mouthing off or ripping the Rangers or their fans. What he is doing is describing the situation in NY. And you know what? He is right. Look at all the big name players that came here and did not deliever. If he complains about the ice time, don't just say he's making excuses - maybe he's making a valid point. Why do you guys think Hlavac has been on a tear as of late? He's getting icetime. Leetch was described as looking lost in practice once he became a Leaf. That should send signals to the Rangers faithful.
Only problem is that HE was part of the problem. Now if Bobby Holik was traded he could at least make claim and say "Yeah i busted my butt, lead the team in scoring and was the Rangers most consistent forward". What did Kovalev do to earn the right to say anything? The Rangers are a mess, he's got that right and he was part of the mess. When he leaves after scoring 13 goals for a team and floating aimlessly for most of the season, he has NO room to talk. Especially when he's averaging .5 points per game for his new team.
Oh, and before Jagr arrived, please remember that Kovalev was leading the Rangers in points, and that if the guy who was not even "trying" was leading the team in points then there are some serious problems that need to be addressed.
There's more to leading a team then scoring points. If that were the case the game would be a lot simpler. He had 13 goals on the season when he left. Less than Messier.
To put that in perspective, he had one less goal then the prospect he was traded for, Rico Fata. And only one more than Manny Malhotra in columbus. That is simply unacceptable.
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