I see nothing wrong with his game personally....matter of fact Kovalchuk's game is far more flawed than Semin's.
I would agree .
I also believe that Semin's shot is better than Kovy's. Also Semin does not pass up good shots like Kovy. Kovy looks to pass alot. If you give Semin a good chance he will shoot it, and he does not shoot low. He always shoots high which is a huge problem on this team
But the issue comes down to character. Id rather have a flawed player with a great attitude which Kovalchuk very much is than a guy that could possibly poison a lockerroom that plays a solid all around game.
I don't know anything about him personally, but it does come up by too many people for it not to be real.
What are "character issues"? Guy is a paid professional and is gonna try to win. Anyone who actually thinks the guy is a cancer and will hurt this team with his "character issues" severely overrates whatever that is. I'd rather have a highly skilled player than a no skill canadian character guy. These types of things are so overrated in all sports. Locker room presences in football or clubhouse guys in baseball are so overrated. Players who perform help your team. Funny how these perceptions of players go away once they win. Even if they don't change how they are at all
Just curious jimmy.. how can kovy become a player "worth" his contract?
Play responsible. Take risk only deep in the offensive zone. Don't force a plays for low reward near the blue lines. Back check hard every shift. Use that massive body far more often especially along the walls in both ends. Dump the puck when there is no play.
I feel like the Capitals locker room didnt have enough leaders. I think our leaders such as Bryce/Kovy/Patty/Marty can keep Semin in check
Yea, this team has a solid locker room with more veteran leadership than any other team in the NHL. I mean the avg player age is almost 30! I don't think that will be a problem, and we really do need some quality NHL players to fill in the holes in our lineup.
And that is assuming Josefson is ready for a top 9 role. He has shown potential but not the ability to consistently score.
I'm interested to see who else we are looking at to fill those rolls.
The names left are: (From Capgeek)
Player Pos Team Age Cap Hit Expiry
Semin, Alexander » R WAS 28 $6,700,000 2012 (UFA)
Rolston, Brian » L BOS 39 $5,062,500 2012 (UFA)
Huselius, Kristian » L CLB 33 $4,750,000 2012 (UFA)
Doan, Shane » R PHO 35 $4,550,000 2012 (UFA)
Langkow, Daymond » C PHO 35 $4,500,000 2012 (UFA)
Blake, Jason » L ANA 38 $4,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Selanne, Teemu » R ANA 42 $4,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Avery, Sean » L NYR 32 $3,875,000 2012 (UFA)
Wolski, Wojtek » L FLA 26 $3,800,000 2012 (UFA)
Hecht, Jochen » C BUF 35 $3,525,000 2012 (UFA)
Kostitsyn, Andrei » R NAS 27 $3,250,000 2012 (UFA)
Hagman, Niklas » L ANA 32 $3,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Kotalik, Ales » R BUF 33 $3,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Arnott, Jason » C STL 37 $2,875,000 2012 (UFA)
Langenbrunner, Jamie » R STL 36 $2,750,000 2012 (UFA)
Sturm, Marco » L FLA 34 $2,250,000 2012 (UFA)
Fehr, Eric » R WIN 26 $2,200,000 2012 (UFA)
Reinprecht, Steven » C VAN 36 $2,050,000 2012 (UFA)
Knuble, Mike » R WAS 40 $2,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Brunette, Andrew » L CHI 38 $2,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Mueller, Peter » R COL 24 $2,000,000 2012 (UFA)
Shot - Semin but it is very close. If Semin is #1, then Kovy is #2
Passing - Kovy
Skating - Kovy
Defense - Semin
Work Ethic - Kovy
i remember hearing in one of those NHLPA surveys that semin won best wrist shot multiple years in a row, as voted on by the players themselves. I would obviously like to find the article for some proof, but i would agree with them hand over foot. his wrister is second to none.