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01-05-2009, 10:18 PM
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SherbrookeW
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Just to add..happened to see the Devils-Habs game in Newark last week. Far from a shining performance by our boys -- but there is no question, when you see him live, that Kovalev is the most talented, skilled, spectacularly gifted player out there. He does things with the puck no one else can do. He walks through people; around them; protects the puck as though he's playing his own game off by himself. Now, of course, that doesn't make him the most effective player out there. Hockey's not a spectacle; hockey's a sport. All too often, he is playing his own game off by himself. It isn't a skills competition. But remember, please -- if Kovalev had the other game-playing, sports-essentials skills-- ice vision, physicality, grit, consistency whatever -- that you would wish for him, he wouldn't be Alex Kovalev. He would be an older Ovechkin or a second Lafleur. And then - crucial point -- we would never have gotten him in a trade for Josef Balej. So: admire him, follow him , appreciate him , wish that a peformer this gifted could also be a player that good. But,remember-- when he's gone, it will be a long time before we see another like him.

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