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Potential Alexei Kovalev/CBJ Tryout Agreement

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11-09-2012, 07:32 PM
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That says to me "hire him as an assistant coach", not "put him on the roster."
Gotta be better than Chris Clark right?

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I think I'd rather we go after Andrei Kostitsyn. At least that way we have a marketing gimmick for Nashville games.
Oh, come on, Viqsi. This practically writes itself. "Come see the amazing Kovalev! Will he dazzle you with his hockey skills or a disappearing act!? Tune in and find out!"


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11-09-2012, 08:57 PM
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Want Zherdev back, I think he's grown up and would make a good middle six player now

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11-10-2012, 06:07 AM
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Not good for Columbus.

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11-10-2012, 11:01 AM
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Not good for Columbus.
Why? If he flops its nothing lost, nothing gained..

If he plays well, they can flip him for a draft pick at the deadline.. How well he plays determines how good the pick could be.

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11-10-2012, 12:44 PM
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Why? If he flops its nothing lost, nothing gained..
We're attempting to build a more competitive team culture here, starting particularly with the next season (whenever that is). Kovalev... doesn't fit that.

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Why? If he flops its nothing lost, nothing gained..

Lose a roster spot.

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11-10-2012, 02:27 PM
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If he plays well, they can flip him for a draft pick at the deadline.. How well he plays determines how good the pick could be.
The Sens traded him two years ago at the deadline for a 7th round pick, and that was with Kovalev having put up 0.5 points a game at the time. Then he bombed in Pittsburgh for the rest of the year, then bombed in the KHL (1 goal, 5 assists and a -14 in 22 games) last season and now he's almost 40 years old. Maybe the BJs could get a very late pick for him again, but IMO he'd be a waste of money and of a roster spot until then. His pure talent allowed Kovie to coast through his NHL career but now age has finally caught up with him, and he's done.

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As a habs fan I'd love to see him back in the NHL though and hope the best for him but I don't think this will turn out well for him, he's nearly 40 and his last 2 seasons with Ottawa weren't that great.

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Would be interesting to use him in a limited offensive focused manner. So 10-11 minutes per game, taking offensive zone first line minutes and powerplay time, while otherwise rotating their other 3 right wingers.

Certainly no downside to giving him a tryout.

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11-10-2012, 03:33 PM
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Kovalev is old, slow and finished......that much was obvious in the KHL last year.

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Unless he's somehow turned a corner regarding his work ethic, which at this point in his career is highly unlikely, I don't see him having a lot of success in Columbus. Maybe he can still be useful as a PP guy and as a veteran voice in the room, but as a player I don't know that he has much to offer anymore.

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11-10-2012, 04:45 PM
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Why? If he flops its nothing lost, nothing gained.
Unless it's overtime of a playoff game.

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11-11-2012, 03:10 AM
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This was before the lockout took place(no Davidson). Now that Davidson is on board, I can see him saying no. Also, not sure why giving him a tryout offer is bad. If he plays well in training camp/pre season, great, take the chance and sign him to a one year deal. If he sucks, let him go. He didn't cost any money and he didn't take a roster spot from a young guy.

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11-11-2012, 09:33 AM
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Oh..because having lazy Russian wingers has worked so well for them in the past...

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11-11-2012, 01:24 PM
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Oh..because having lazy Russian wingers has worked so well for them in the past...
We need to replace the offense lost by trading Nash. Your user name, aren't you indicating that Kovalev is a sniper? He would be perfect then.

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11-11-2012, 03:47 PM
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We need to replace the offense lost by trading Nash. Your user name, aren't you indicating that Kovalev is a sniper? He would be perfect then.
I'm pretty sure that's a reference to Kovalchuk.

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I'm pretty sure that's a reference to Kovalchuk.
yes, I know. That's why I had the

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