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05-21-2004, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by E = CH²
You have to take into consideration that this was the playoffs where most players elevate their game to another level. Koivu did and Kovalev did too. Kovalev was playing like a PF, using his size to get to the net and to create plays. You also have to take into consideration that it was Kovalev's last chance to prove himself before signing a new contract. Knowing all this I'm not sure it's realistic to expect Kovalev to perform in the regular season like he did in the playoffs. It could happen but I wouldn't pay him as if he was a 40G 40A guy.
Thats why when Bob Gainey was asked in the season ending interview, "which Kovalev will you sign" his answer was "now you know my problem." There are no guarantees!

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