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07-07-2011, 12:25 PM
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I have a soft spot for Kovalev and I would not mind a 3rd line of AK46-Eller-Kovalev. Right now there's no third player on that line who fits, and Kovalev is still a 40 point forward with a good balance of goals and assists.

Last year he had 16 goals and 34 points in 74 games, playing a reduced role. He would be a good complement to the third line, and he could fit in on the 2nd line for 20 games or 30 games once the inevitable multiple simultaneous injuries happen.

Right now, if there's one injury, the third line becomes Moen-Eller-Darche, this will be damaging to Eller's development. Since injuries tend to come in groups, Eller is probably going to play games with Moen, Darche, etc regardless of whether or not we sign Kovalev, but at least he'll play fewer such games.

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