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03-03-2004, 12:55 AM
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One more thought now that I've taken in the trade.

Gainely isn't done, in my opinion. I wouldn't be surprised if a tough, reliable forward is acquired such as Chris Simon.

Regardless, we aren't on the hook for much salary the rest of the way and Kovalev brings a dimension we need. Throw his Ranger stats aside, and consider the player he can be. Nobody was lighting it up in New York, nor did they have a system that allowed Kovalev to shine.

He'll get his opportunity in Montreal, as our team speed should aid his game.

I would certainly be surprised if Balej ever made a dent in the NHL, and a 2nd round pick is nothing for a player of Kovalev's skill. Rent a player? Perhaps, but with the pending lockout, and CBA... Montreal isn't on the hook for much.

At 32, I'm not sure how this deal isn't a good thing. Bottom line, we are a better team now, than before the trade.

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