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10-19-2003, 12:00 AM
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Not Pointless, But . . .

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Searching for Kovalev, 'W'

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Rangers: Forced to settle for a tie

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"'I don't know if he's afraid to hit somebody,' Sather said. '[Kovalev's] got a great shot, he just won't seem to shoot it.'"

Different year, same old Alex. Somewhere Neil Smith is smiling.

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"'I don't know if he's afraid to hit somebody,' Sather said. '[Kovalev's] got a great shot, he just won't seem to shoot it.'"

Different year, same old Alex. Somewhere Neil Smith is smiling.
Somewhere Ranger fans didn't watch him his years in Pitt. Because I was stuck in the middle of PA without Ranger hockey, I watched plenty of Penguins hockey and there was just as many games as like last night as ones where he completed his opportunities.

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"'I don't know if he's afraid to hit somebody,' Sather said. '[Kovalev's] got a great shot, he just won't seem to shoot it.'"

Different year, same old Alex. Somewhere Neil Smith is smiling.
Neil Smith wasn't thrilled to trade Kovalev. The person who wanted him off the team was Schmuckler. Bottom line, Alex needed a change of scenery (as did Petr) and the trade worked for both teams. This season, Kovalev is the most important forward in the organization. If he fails, so do the Rangers.

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Neil Smith wasn't thrilled to trade Kovalev. The person who wanted him off the team was Schmuckler. Bottom line, Alex needed a change of scenery (as did Petr) and the trade worked for both teams. This season, Kovalev is the most important forward in the organization. If he fails, so do the Rangers.
I agree on all points. I didn't write Smith was smiling because I felt that Smith wanted to trade Kovalev, I wrote it because Sather's words might have come directly from Smith's mouth.

It was definitely time for Kovalev to move on. On the other hand, I figured that he was just one of those guys who gets started when he gets the kick in the rear end that a trade provides. Now I have to wonder if it's not simply something in:
1. the atmosphere of NYC
2. the chemistry of the Rangers organization
3. the water at MSG

For whatever reason he and the Blueshirts just don't seem to mix.

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Compare what he did...

in PITT to New York. In PITT...consistenly around 22 minutes per night. He played the right side. He played the PP point, usually out there for at least 1:30 (and sometimes on the point late in games). He often played on the PK. He did have revolving linemates, but his role/position was always the same.

Now in New York. Start with the Campbell era. Jerked around. Sometimes on the PK, sometimes not. Sometimes getting under 10 minutes per game.

Things improved under Muckler, but Esa Tikkanen ruined it for an entire line that saw Kovalev, a puck hog, play with the greatest passer of all time and Tikkanen, a puck hog. Result: didn't work.

Come back to New York...he's on the left side, playing 18 minutes per game, with no PK time.

Why is it that when someone comes to New York his role change? Holik had success with Brylin and McKay in Devils, played the PP, not the PK, and played less than 17 minutes per night. In New York, he should follow that model. No PK. PP time (not just between periods) and playing with Barnaby and Lundmark, or even Rucinsky.

And that's one of the main reasons why UFAs have not worked. Their roles change here. Everything looks different here. And when they fail, then they're moved and nothing changes, except faces. Gotta put players in positions in which they have the greatest potential to succeed and help the team. There should not be any of this 'they get $9 million per year and should succeed wherever I put them' crap.

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Excellent post Fletch!


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