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02-08-2007, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Alexei Yashvalev View Post
We're obviously just wasting our breath, you're never going to respect Kovalev. It's good to see all the Russian fans you've brought in to verify this .

Ask Ovechkin what he thinks of Kovalev, have you seen Ovechkin's interviews about Kovalev? Young Russian players have a ton of respect for this guy, he's a leader to them.

If playing injured, leading by example in the playoffs and in international tournaments, never complaining, taking young Russians under his wing isn't leadership I don't know what is. Kovalev is a great leader for our Russian players. You can't say anything about his personality or being vocal, there's no stands in the Habs dressing room. The slash in 2004? Kovalev came back with 3 points the next game and the Habs won the series largely due to him.
THAT IS WHY HE IS THE CAPTAIN OF THEIR TEAM. That's what I've been ****ing saying all along. He has a reputation in russia, they have respect for him, he has a ton of experience, that's why he's the captain.

He is not a leader though and that is why Carbo will never give him an A over people like Koivu Rivet and Souray.

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