didn't the lady reporter who "supposedely" interviewed Kovalev work for the SovSport?
there could be so many reasons why he wasn't invited to the worlds if in fact this is the case.
It could be Kovalev doesn't want to play or maybe they don't want him based on his performance, those are the 2 simplest explantions.
more complex explantions could be that either the Russian ice hockey federation, the discredited newspaper the lady reporter works for or the discredited lady reporter herself(I believe she covers all the world championships for Russia in hockey) pulled some strings to not have him on the club, if of course you put any stock in the initial "apparent" interview.
another scenario could be that if he did go and play for Russia and tore it up, many people might be pissed off and wonder where he was for his club team, which would probably make people even more resentful of him than they already are or this could more credence to the original interview being truthful to some folks.
or maybe Kovalev wants to spend the summer flying around in his plane.
but it's far more than likely one of the simplest explanations.
I seem to recall that last year's Russian team was basically Ovechkin and all RSL players. I also remember the last time Russia hosted the WHC's they tried to have all their best Russian players come back and they horribly underperformed. Recent trend is towards more RSL players so we shouldn't read too much into this.
Besides, I don't think it's the same situation where Kovalev is the captain of Russia the way Koivu is the captain of Finland (ie. it's automatic they will be invited and it's up to them to decline). I know Kovalev was the captain for several tournaments, but that was more out of being the senior member of the team rather than anything else.
Why is he on the penalty kill then? Carbo must not think hes that bad if he puts him in situations where hes absolutely terrible (as you say)
he's on in the last 30 seconds of PK for starters and you rarely get a chance to stick handle excessively when on the PK. i think carbo puts him out on the end of the PK for 2 reasons.
1 is so Kovalev is forced to keep it simple because of the situation.
2 i think Carbo puts him out there to force him to skate hard can't really float around on the PK. carbo probably hopes that if he can get Kovalev to skate and keep it simple it will help for the rest of the game/season.
it could also be that if we are on the Pk for an extended period of time, some players end up getting cold on the bench which isn't a good thing especailly with your "top line players". I also see Ryder on the PK occasionaly so it probably has more to do with this.
that's the logic i see behind it.
Yes, Markov and Ovechkin are confirmed and already in Moscow I believe.
coaching staff on Kovy: Alex didn't have a good season. We're building the team by position, and unfortunetly Kovalev's spot has already been filled. It's tough, for sure, he told me he wanted to play for his country on russian soil. But that's the decision we took.