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11-17-2008, 09:06 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
It's hard to believe the people bashing Kovalev in here. Sure he hasn't played as well as he did last year, but he still has 12 points in 16 games including 2 game winners and one shootout winner, and he's 4th on the team in points.
Kovalev is the ONLY guy on our team that can COMPLETELY control the game in the opposing zone. Whenever he's not on the ice and we are in the other end, we look like we're playing pond hockey. The guy has superior skills and vision, but right now his linemates aren't clicking with him yet. To think that you want to blame him, trade him, etc - that's just ludicrous. Sure he makes mistakes, but so does everyone. He is a push the envelope player, so sometimes things go REALLY well and sometimes they go REALLY bad, but that is the kind of player he is.
I really don't get the Kovalev hate. We would be a completely different team without him and people here should realize that. He is ALWAYS dangerous when he's on the ice and the other teams are afraid of him - they back up when he comes into the zone because they know he can make them look silly. He does a great job in creating space, and this year he has been playing very well on the PK even.
Give him some time and lay off. He's the only true game-breaker we have, and I for one would re-sign him next year no questions asked.
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