Thread: Alexei Kovalev
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04-16-2004, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mooch
Kovalev puts up simular(in some cases more) numbers to Sundin, Weight, Katchuck (sp), Holik, Lindros, Roenick, Palfy(i think), Jagr, LeClair, Modano, Yzerman who all make around 7+ mill a season.
"Puts up"... well, career average pts per game:
Kovalev: 0.80
Sundin: 1.00
Weight: 0.91
Tkachuk: 0.97
Lindros: 1.21
Holik: 0.63
Roenick: 1.00
LeClair: 0.87
Palffy: 1.05
Jagr: 1.27
Modano: 1.00
Yzerman: 1.18

Anyway, sure, I'd take him over Holik (who is overpaid for the niche he fills), and over some of the guys who are on the downside of their careers due to age/injury (e.g. Leclair, Yzerman). But he isn't really in the same category as the others in terms of production and consistency. Yes, he had that big 95-pt year, and the next two in Pittsburgh were "pretty good" 70+ seasons. But his overall tag is that of a player who never quite lives up to the sum of his skills, and goes through stretches of lazy and inconsistent play. Pittsburgh fans will see that differently than New York fans, generally speaking. But he doesn't bring the intangibles of leadership or grit that many of those other players bring either. He's just not in their class, and hasn't done anything to prove that he deserves to be paid like it over the long term.

Three playoff games doesn't prove it either.

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