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Alex Kovalev to sign a 1-year deal with the Panthers

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01-17-2013, 02:05 PM
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He had next to nothing left on his second stint with the Pens.

Good luck to Alex and Florida.

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01-17-2013, 02:07 PM
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low risk move for them. If he plays well, could help them into the playoffs. If not, they can also trade him at deadline or at worst, he is a member of the team for 4 months.
I doubt any team would trade for him if he doesn't play well. Good for him for getting a spot but I doubt he will produce, he is way too slow now.

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01-17-2013, 02:15 PM
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Yeah, would not get too excited FLA fans. Anything's possible, but I expect ~20 points with some horrendous defense.

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01-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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Not sure about this one...low risk though. Good luck to him I suppose.

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01-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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01-17-2013, 02:25 PM
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Yeah, would not get too excited FLA fans. Anything's possible, but I expect ~20 points with some horrendous defense.
20 points is way too much... that's 0.416 ppg. He only had 0.27 ppg playing in the KHL.

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01-17-2013, 02:35 PM
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I changed this to a rumor until we get something a little more concrete.

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01-17-2013, 02:44 PM
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Kovalev also seemed to be great in the room with the younger players and you always saw him going over shifts with his linemates on the bench.

Good signing for a young Florida team IMO. They'll love his wrister off the half wall on the PP

ps. I wish he woudl have retired in MTL, loved him here!

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01-17-2013, 04:05 PM
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be nice to see him rack up points on the powerplay

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01-17-2013, 04:06 PM
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Atta be AK, happy he's back in the league.

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01-17-2013, 04:08 PM
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I changed this to a rumor until we get something a little more concrete.
It has been retweeted by reputable sources

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01-17-2013, 04:14 PM
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Hasn't he been at their training camp since a few days ago or am I totally off? I guess they made it official or are close to doing so.

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01-17-2013, 04:18 PM
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As a guy who scored over 400 goals and 1000 points, people sure hate him.

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01-17-2013, 04:21 PM
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As a guy who scored over 400 goals and 1000 points, people sure hate him.
He's the poster boy for typical Russian stereotypes.

He's no good defensively and he's not physical. He's a pure scorer. Immediately that makes him lazy, enigmatic, and a bad teammate. That's how it works.

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Nice for AK. Loved him in Montreal. Wish him the best

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He's the poster boy for typical Russian stereotypes.

He's no good defensively and he's not physical. He's a pure scorer. Immediately that makes him lazy, enigmatic, and a bad teammate. That's how it works.
AK27 killed penalties in MTL!

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Good for AK. AK was the best offensive player we had in Montreal in a long time, and the hate he gets from Habs fans is annoying. He put up 65 points (in 69 games), and then 47, 84, and 65 in full seasons, and people say he was "enigmatic". Erik Cole puts up 65 points last season and he's the greatest thing ever.

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01-17-2013, 05:09 PM
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Not good enough to play for his KHL team last year.

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01-17-2013, 05:11 PM
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Probably at a mil or less.

Very good signing for Florida. If he goes on one of his streaks that's like a quarter of a season in the bag now. Huge asset on the PP. He's got a lot to teach their players and he hasn't been bad defensively recently. He's a pretty solid vet now. I remember when caps got Fedorov, everyone was super pumped and played like they were on PCP for the rest of the year. Lots of these guys probably idolize Kovalev (Huberdeau definitely), so may have that same effect. Also Huberdeau-Mueller-Kovalev has a change of having very good offensive chemistry and won't be as atrocious defensively as it looks, though they're probably gonna get the most sheltered minutes of anyone in the league.

People always harp on him but forget that he has always been an absolute playoff gamer.

And one last thing no one seems to have mentioned. Florida has spent the last few years trying to get transplanted Canadiens fans to go to their games, sometimes to the point where it seems embarrassing. Kovalev is a demigod to casual Canadiens fans. Hmm.


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Not good enough to play for his KHL team last year.
The same KHL that favors fast skaters much more than the NHL?

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Panthers are such a random mix bag of players. They've somehow become very fun to watch though in the process.

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He's the poster boy for typical Russian stereotypes.

He's no good defensively and he's not physical. He's a pure scorer. Immediately that makes him lazy, enigmatic, and a bad teammate. That's how it works.
He's also very consistent and productive in the playoffs and has been known to go bat**** insane when the circumstances were there (see Tucker).

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Not good enough to play for his KHL team last year.
You need to be able to skate to play in the KHL.

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How do people make such statements as "I saw him yesterday, he still has it!"? Shouldn't teams be looking at the trend over time of these guys play and make some rationale decisions about how they might perform in the future? Too many guys looking GREAT in camp that I'd bet will turn into duds once they have to play more than 1 or 2 NHL games in a row after a long lockout. I think the teams heavy on youth and guys that played during the lockout are gong to fare very well. I don't see guys like Kovalev earning his $$$.

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Not good enough to play for his KHL team last year.
Evander Kane wasn't good enough for the KHL this year should the Jets dump him?

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