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04-12-2007, 07:57 AM
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Hey, Kovalev. You suck.

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04-12-2007, 07:59 AM
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Why would Russia want him anyway?

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04-12-2007, 08:19 AM
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Why would Russia want him anyway?
'Cause he's a warrior???

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04-12-2007, 08:31 AM
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Kovalev's a champion.
He eats like a champion, he thinks like a champion, he sleeps like a champion, he drinks like a champion, he flys like a champion.

....ok maybe not. But I do think the rest will be good for him and he shows up next fall in the best shape possible.

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04-12-2007, 09:09 AM
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Sorry if it's already been posted, took a quick look around and didn't see anything so...

Accrording to Gazeta.ru which refers to a SovSport interview that I didn't find yet, Kovy was not invited to the WHC, which is very strange since Kovy is the Captain of the Russian national team.

AK: I wasn't chosen on the national team.

Q: why?

AK: I didn't try to search for reasons. Yeah, I'd like to play for Russia infront of russian supporters. What can I do about it."
Finally, a hockey organization that understands the "problem" !

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04-12-2007, 09:09 AM
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This is good news. Hopefully he will be motivated to be the Captain for the next Olympic squad.

The rest will also be good for hi knees.
I think he would be more the kind to say : Screw them, they dont recognize my efforts.. I will play for the Universal team where i will be appreciated.

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04-12-2007, 10:12 AM
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GOOD! Maybe this will tell him that his terrible play this year made them not choosing him, he better realise he is not the centre of the universe anymore and start playing like our best player.

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04-12-2007, 11:45 AM
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Good ,I hope he thinks about retirement more and more this summer and when Gainey gets to talk to him,he will say Bob,I retire

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04-12-2007, 01:51 PM
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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.

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04-12-2007, 01:58 PM
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Kovalev is a champion, he'll bounce back
haha awfully optimistic for someone burning a Kovalev shirt.....probably not the only one tho


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04-12-2007, 02:15 PM
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The top-tier players from the RSL are certainyl comparable to players like michael ryder
The RSL is filled with guys with no moves, vision, defensive awareness or hockey sense?

What a crappy league!

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04-12-2007, 02:22 PM
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The RSL is filled with guys with no moves, vision, defensive awareness or hockey sense?

What a crappy league!

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04-12-2007, 02:38 PM
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04-12-2007, 02:43 PM
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GOOD! Maybe this will tell him that his terrible play this year made them not choosing him, he better realise he is not the centre of the universe anymore and start playing like our best player.
The thing I cant stand is that some nights, not only he isnt one of our best offensive players but he cost us goals and wins by lack of effort or stupid turnovers..

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04-12-2007, 02:48 PM
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The thing I cant stand is that some nights, not only he isnt one of our best offensive players but he cost us goals and wins by lack of effort or stupid turnovers..
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)

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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.

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04-12-2007, 02:55 PM
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Kovalev probably doesnt even give a rats ass about not being invited.

He's got more talent in his pinky then 90% of the russian team.

He could go relax on his plane now and hopefully come out strong next season to erase the disaster of 06-07.

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04-12-2007, 02:57 PM
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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.

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04-12-2007, 02:59 PM
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Is Markov going?
Yes, Markov and Ovechkin are confirmed and already in Moscow I believe.

Sovsport today:

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.

Also says Valentenko has been cut.

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Kovalev probably doesnt even give a rats ass about not being invited.

He's got more talent in his pinky then 90% of the russian team.

He could go relax on his plane now and hopefully come out strong next season to erase the disaster of 06-07.
talent without applying it is useless, i bet there are bums living on the streets with genius level IQ's.

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The RSL is filled with guys with no moves, vision, defensive awareness or hockey sense?

What a crappy league!
Haha, I meant in quality. In the sense that they would not fare badly in comparison at all lol.

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If it's true, all I have to say is:

suckeeeeeer!

Pleinement mérité!

I like this russian coach! Carbo should hire him as an assistant!

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Kovalev probably doesnt even give a rats ass about not being invited.

He's got more talent in his pinky then 90% of the russian team.

He could go relax on his plane now and hopefully come out strong next season to erase the disaster of 06-07.
One day, maybe one day, people will stop thinking that pure talent = great player. Anybody knows if the majority of the Harlem Globetrotters end up being great basketball players in the NBA???

Kovalev is the hockey version of the Harlem Globetrotters.....He's the Russia PuckDribbler...


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^^ Kovalev's gonna get 1000+ points in his career by playing 1 game out of 4. That sais a lot.

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is emelin making the team?

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