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Andrei Kostitsyn to finally get 1st line minutes?
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06-09-2009, 07:31 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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Kovalev scored over 80 points in 2007-08, this year he scores 65 after a very rough first half of the season. He hasn't aged to the point where he is ineffective. Kovalev is in good enough shape to handle over 20 minutes a game and if he is signed this year, that is what he will be playing.
He sure proved he was in good enough shape this season by being sent home by Gainey and not playing well until paired with Koivu/Tanguay.
Kostitsyn had a horrible season and scored 23G (3less than Kovy) while playing 4min less per game.
Kovalev should not be our primary forward. The man is 36 and will be turning 37 during the next season. His role should no longer be the one of primary star on his team.
What's next..put Lang as 1st line center??
We have a bunch of youngsters, it's time we put them on the front lines. If they don't show up and we have to resort to playing Kovalev 19Min again, so be it.
But in no way should that be our strategy today looking forward into next year.
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