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02-17-2004, 10:54 AM
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Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
If you mean Kovalev circa 2001, not many, but it's highly speculative that you're going to get that Kovalev. Speculative enough that, in my opinion, no one is going to pay a premium for him. Not when you've options like Sullivan, Bondra, Val Bure, O'Neil, guys who are putting up similar or better numbers, out there on the market.
I disagree, the Kovalev of 2002 was fantastic and kicking butt also--untill he became a Ranger...Just like the Rangers brass seems to do, you just can't focus on the numbers....Kovalev has his faults but is still a great hockey player and much more talented then any of the guys mentioned above....The right situation where he is able to play his game and supported by a strong TEAM base and system , with even a modicum of chemistry and a PP with a plan, will see him thriving once again..And my bet is that there are more then a few GMs that feel the same and will be willing to pay for it with some of their future...We shall see..

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