Not Pointless, But . . .
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10-20-2003, 12:58 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Neil Smith wasn't thrilled to trade Kovalev. The person who wanted him off the team was Schmuckler. Bottom line, Alex needed a change of scenery (as did Petr) and the trade worked for both teams. This season, Kovalev is the most important forward in the organization. If he fails, so do the Rangers.
I agree on all points. I didn't write Smith was smiling because I felt that Smith wanted to trade Kovalev, I wrote it because Sather's words might have come directly from Smith's mouth.
It was definitely time for Kovalev to move on. On the other hand, I figured that he was just one of those guys who gets started when he gets the kick in the rear end that a trade provides. Now I have to wonder if it's not simply something in:
1. the atmosphere of NYC
2. the chemistry of the Rangers organization
3. the water at MSG
For whatever reason he and the Blueshirts just don't seem to mix.
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