Kovalchuk most underated player in NHL?
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12-16-2012, 01:17 AM
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10-11: Underrated. Just signed the big contract and had a subpar season. Easy target and was one of the worst player in NHL according to HF
11-12: Overrated. Make the Final and essentially redeem his bad previous year and its now enjoying the superstar status he never had before (even though he had has better season)
12-13: ???? (if there's a season)
He didn't have a bad year in 10-11 just a bad half a season. He almost carried the team all by himself for the second half of that season. With an injured Zach Parise for the entire second half too. He was scoring OT goals, and was scoring, and setting up plays in games we won by just a goal. He was the backbone along with the brilliance of Jacques Lemaire behind the bench who Ilya was quoted as saying he was the best coach he ever played for, and was sad when he left both times.
Also Kovalchuk, and John Maclean hated each other. I'm talking Tremblay/Roy type hate here though it wasn't made as public. Aside from the fact Maclean sucked as coach and Lou kept him around way past his expiration date these two did not get along. Maclean benched him early in the season for something. Supposedly being late to a mandatory team meeting. He didn't play for Maclean either, and didn't respect him. Maclean bashed him in post game press conferences and once said he could have benched ten guys. Not naming any aside from Kovy who he singled out. When Maclean was fired the players acted like they felt so bad, but Kovy with a troll response said something like ''I'm not the reason he was fired don't worry'' When Lemaire came back he was elite again.
Article on Kovy's health during the playoffs.
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