Very interesting Buffaloed. I wonder if Kovy has any interest in playing the C position again. If he could and wants to play C, that would make it more appealing. As far as the Kovalev I've seen this year, I don't want any part of that.
He's been a liability to NY as far as I'm concerned.
But Kovalev isn't any different than any other star who's wasted away in New York. The Rags are like a black hole for talent. I could certainly see him emerging again if given a more prominent role on the Sabres, especially if paired with a worker and playmaker like Drury. He'd be our first legit sniper since Hawerchuk.
What I don't think has been brought up with is the collateral effect this would have... attendance figures.
I've gotta believe that if the Sabres acquire Alexei Kovalev there would be an increase in attendance, maybe not great but certainly noticeable. The savvier fans would see this and say "hmm, the Sabres got one of the most talented players in the league, they're serious about this." The more casual fans would read in the paper that the Sabres have acquired one of the most talented players in the league and say "hmm, sounds like they're serious about winning AND they have a super star on their team now, maybe we'll go see a couple games." If you can shave a guy like Brown off the roster for draft picks, the increase in revenue might just offset the increase in salary.
Why would the Rangers trade anyone? Do they all of the sudden have a budget to conform to? Unless they are getting a boatload of talent in return, I don't see New York as a team ready to dump players. Remember, there may still be hockey after this season.
Let's not forget that the sabres may not even be buyers at the deadline.
I personally like the youth movement and prefer to see some longer-term defensive help come in here before a rental. Imagine the current group of forwards if they didn't have to do as much back-checking.