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02-24-2007, 12:03 AM
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this is all conjecture I won't comment on mere intangibles and conspiracy theories

Kovalev is what he is. He's no different than he was when he played for the Pens, Rangers or when he joined the Habs.

He can break games and command a lot of respect on the ice. Sometimes. But if he did it all the time, he would be worth way more than $4.5M. I also don't think a replacement would be easy to find before season's end, if at all.

But if Gainey can move him even just to get rid of salary, I wouldn't object to that. Best would be after a better player is traded for or signed in the off season. The freed $4.5M in cap space wouldn't get as flashy a player, but certainly a more consistent one. And with his poor point production this year, it can't be worse.

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