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03-12-2006, 10:29 AM
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Why Kovalev is Worth the Dough

To any Kovalev naysayers out there, this is why you pay a guy like Kovalev the bucks he's getting:

Winning Goal against Panthers (1-0)
Opening Goal against Bruins (3-0)
Beautiful set-up last night against the Rangers for the only goal.

Without those plays, perhaps we lose 2 of those 3 games.

He's a difference maker, something the Habs have sorely lacked over the past decade. He may not score 40 goals, but he elevates his game when it's on the line. Nobody can beat Luongo all night- he roofs a beauty that only a goal scorer can. Makes Thomas look silly. And feeds Rivet an extremely sweet pass that proves to be the only thing to get by Lundquist (who is going to be great). And, of course, there are the playoffs 2 years ago.

Yes, maybe he's a bit overpaid at 4.5 mil a year, but that's what it takes in the NHL to get a superstar on your team. The man is a magician.

ps. you can feel Gainey truly transforming this team- talent and grit. I smile as I think ahead to Kovalev, Koivu, Markov, Komi, Pleks, Chipchura, Higgins, Tender, Kots, Price, Obryne...

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Gamebreaker, difference maker, impact player. Was about time too.

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Yes Gainey is transforming the team, I'm glad you made this comment.

Ever since I've watched the Habs they've been an average / below average offensive club that routinely gives up 40 shots a night and relies on a star goalie.

THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.

Now the Habs will become a grittier team that hits and blocks shots and plays good team defence and will not be hijacked by a holier-than-thou star goalie. The offense still needs improvement...

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this is the reason the guy is worth the money :

- Adores playing with the Habs ( to the point where he'S taking french lessons )
- Game breaking craziness
- Just dominant in the offensive zone and EXCELLENT in his zone.

I think that for 4.5 Million , I wouldn't mind another Kovalev on this team

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Gamebreaker, difference maker, impact player. Was about time too.
That's the main thing for me. Despite all his faults, the fact that he's an impact player makes all the difference in the world. We can complain about Kovalev's flaws, and he does have some big ones, but at the end of the day, he's the type of guy who can decide a game for you and we needed that.

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Kovalev !

he's our best player with Markov !

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Why is he worth so much?

Cause, he has more points then Koivu period. End of discussion.

Seriously, he truely makes a difference, in important games. Each time, I see him shooting in critical times, I say to myself ''GAME OVER''. He's really skilled and brings something special offensively to our team. I'm glad we've him and I"m ok with him making 4.5 personally...

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Simple. Take away Kovalev for a whole season and the Habs aren't in the playoffs. Does anyone notice how much attention he draws whenever he's on the ice? Amd how he shakes off Dmen in the offensive zone? Also, he's big and he hits hard. Compared with him, the other top six forwards on the team are pygmies. He weighs 50 pounds more than Ribeiro, for instance.

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Simple. Take away Kovalev for a whole season and the Habs aren't in the playoffs. Does anyone notice how much attention he draws whenever he's on the ice? Amd how he shakes off Dmen in the offensive zone? Also, he's big and he hits hard. Compared with him, the other top six forwards on the team are pygmies. He weighs 50 pounds more than Ribeiro, for instance.
Bouillon weights 25 pounds more than Ribeiro..and he's 4 inches shorter...

It's agreed that Ribs is too light right now. If he put on an extra 20 pounds, the guy would be a whole lot more beast like...although im wondering if that's just gonna make him slower....but....

200 pound Ribeiro >>>>>> 175 pound Ribeiro

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Bouillon weights 25 pounds more than Ribeiro..and he's 4 inches shorter...

It's agreed that Ribs is too light right now. If he put on an extra 20 pounds, the guy would be a whole lot more beast like...although im wondering if that's just gonna make him slower....but....

200 pound Ribeiro >>>>>> 175 pound Ribeiro
Who knows, it might slow him down so much that he skates like a Flyer Dman.

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Why does this have to morph into another anti-Ribeiro thread?

GoldenForum, you forgot the game against Ottawa when he returned from injury and won the game pretty much all by himself. That was a masterful performance. If he's on, sit back and enjoy the ride. Just don't expect him to do that every night or even every shift, or else you'll hate him. I accept him for what he is and am glad he plays for the good guys.

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The trade for Kovy came out of nowhere last season but I'm sure glad Bob pulled the trigger.

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Our PP begins and ends with Kovalev. We are currently 7th on the PP, and it's mostly because of his work at the top of the faceoff circle.

He's been worth every penny, IMO. If you look at the players in his salary range (Kariya, Demitra, Modano, Holik, Elias, Murray), I think what Kovy brings to the Habs is equally valuable.

In fact, with Theo gone, I think every Hab with the exceptions of Bonk and Zednik has given us good bang for the buck this season.

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wouldn't it be nice to have another guy like him, a LW?? I mean, you ncould have the guy as a LW, Kovalev as a RW, and you put Koivu in the middle... OMG, it would be awesome

we have the money for it... LET'S DO IT !!!

We woudl have an incredible offense, a good defense and a goaler that doesn't let goals lol, would be so hot

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wouldn't it be nice to have another guy like him, a LW?? I mean, you ncould have the guy as a LW, Kovalev as a RW, and you put Koivu in the middle... OMG, it would be awesome

we have the money for it... LET'S DO IT !!!

We woudl have an incredible offense, a good defense and a goaler that doesn't let goals lol, would be so hot
I think the $$$ is better spent on a big guy who can create havok in front while Saku and Kovy create plays.

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wouldn't it be nice to have another guy like him, a LW?? I mean, you ncould have the guy as a LW, Kovalev as a RW, and you put Koivu in the middle... OMG, it would be awesome

we have the money for it... LET'S DO IT !!!
There is a guy like that, but unfortunately he was snatched up by Edmonton. His name is Sergei Samsonov.

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I think the $$$ is better spent on a big guy who can create havok in front while Saku and Kovy create plays.
Will that be Guillaume next season? I wonder.

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Will that be Guillaume next season? I wonder.
I'd actually like to bring in a guy like Keith Primeau -- a big, tough two-way centre who can log lots of minutes, kill penalties, and contribute offensively. In a perfect world, Radek Bonk would have been that guy for us this year. But we all know how that turned out.

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I agree, Kovy is a HUGE part of the team's success. I don't think we would make the playoffs withotu him

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Who knows, it might slow him down so much that he skates like a Flyer Dman.
You should watch a bit more hockey i think. To skate that slow, surely some part or all of a leg must be amputated

A guy like Bouillon, you measure his quickness over a certain distance with a stopwatch.

A Flyers defenseman over the same distance, should be measured with a calendar.

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