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03-26-2004, 08:41 AM
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onice
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When Montreal traded for Kovalev, I kept hearing what a great goal scorer he was and that he was one of the top five players in the league. This was from hockey experts. Well if you look at his stats this doesn't hold true.

Total games played..........Goals scored........total points
845 292 680


GP Goals
65 20
76 23
48 13
81 24
45 13
73 23
14 3
77 23
82 26
79 44
67 32
78 37
74 14

Those are not elite player's numbers. He has marvelous skills but somehow he hasn't produced elite numbers. So we should be careful of what we expect from him. Also, we shouldn't listen to the hype that was manufactured after the trade. This is one reason why I wasn't all that excited about this trade. And he's anUFA at the end of the year. We gave too much.

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