Alexei Kovalev's one-year contract with FLA is worth $1M plus some GP bonuses. Signing today, will be on 23-man roster.
Imagine that, Kovalev in a Bruins jersey I accepted Begin, Ryder, Pouliot, and whoever else I'm forgetting from recent years, but Kovalev is forever a Canadien to me, specifically for the way he torched Boston on the pp.
A combination of him leaving BU early and he hasn't produced at all during his NHL stints yet was given the 3rd line spot.
He hasn't been "given" anything. He's worked hard at Providence and been one of their best players, and word is he's working hard at camp too. And whether he produced in earlier NHL stints is irrelevant. It's what he's doing now that matters.
And so what if he left school early? College isn't for everyone. It would have been worse if he'd stayed and gone through the motions just because he was "supposed" to.
And for the record, whether it's Chris Bourque or Joe Rinkrat, I don't care. The name means nothing.