guys, it really annoys me when lafleur goes out in the media and bash the team each time we're in trouble. But i couldn't agree more his quotes from his last appearance in the Gazette:
Kovalev, he said, should have been left on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn, one of the NHL's premier trios last season, and not bounced among linemates.
"When you have a line that had that kind of success, leave them together no matter what happens," Lafleur said. "They might go through bad times like we did when I played with Jacques Lemaire, Steve Shutt and Pete Mahov-lich. But (head coach) Scotty Bowman didn't switch the damn lines around to try other things.
I mean, they've been so damn good last season. The chemistry was impresive, especially when they were skating around in the offensive zone. As Flower says, they've been through bad times this season but how many games did they have to get their game back? I'm far from being a carbo basher, i love our coach and i really want him to stay, but having an energy player on each line a month ago was a joke.
oh, by the way...Koivu and Kovalev have never, and will never go good together.
Koivu was a point-per-game player with Kovalev in 2005-2006, while Kovalev was 1 or 2 points under a PPG pace -- pretty much the only season they were together for a lengthy period of time. Don't have the numbers on me right now, but the sample was a bit over 40 games, which is substantial. They did work together, but were broken up over reasons that I won't repeat, because I don't remember if it was just speculation or actually true.
And if the numbers aren't enough, they looked dynamite out there, too (with Perezhogin). Since then, they've played sparingly together, so saying they "never worked" is somewhat of an over-statement.