During the early part of the 2nd period, Alexei Kovalev joined Alain Crete and Yvon Pednault in their little rds place and they had a short interview with him. Here are some notes(If it's posted some place else, then i'm sorry.) :
#1 Pednault: Is it Kovaliev or Kovalev or Kovolev ?
Kovalev: Kovalev is fine
#2 Alain: Your not surprised by the trade are you?
Kovalev: I knew I was going to be traded, I was surprised it's Montreal. Yes I heard rumors that San Jose also wanted me but I am happy here in Montreal to play for a young team.
#3 Kovalev: I had a little 20 minute discussion with Claude Julien and he just told me what they are expecting from me.
#4 Pednault: What are you bringing to the Montreal Canadiens?
Kovalev: I am coming here to play like a team and I'm not going to try to do anything myself(repeated it several times) , We will play as a team and win as a team. I will try to see how the guys play and try to fit in with them
#5 Kovalev: I guess the Rangers finally decided to rebuild with the youngsters. The fans should be patient with the youngsters. We had too much stars in NY.
#6 Alain Crete: Alex....OOOH QUEL ARRET DE JOSE THEODORE
I'm sorry about that Alex.
Kovalev: Hehe, no probelm.. that was a great save..I want to see it again!
#7 Pednault: What Do you think of Montreal, hockey is like a religion there.
Kovalev: Ah it's great! The fans really like their hockey here but what's the bad part is when your sitting at home, surfing the channels trying to find a movie, all you see is hockey news! They all laughed!
#7 Pednault: Thank you and we are anxious to see you play on friday. Thank you and good luck.
Kovalev: Thank you, thank you.. MERCI.. with a little laugh.
Notes earlier: You see Pierre Gervais put Kovalev's new shirt on the hangers... damn it looks great!
Markov and Kovalev were seen walking together and talking on their way to the arena at around 5:30 pm.
Kovalev was one of the guys who got their the earliest.
-I'm surprised they didn't ask him about contract talks.
-Just wondering, why didn't we go after Jagr instead of Kovalev ? Jagr cost less and has a contract next couple of years.
I'm VERY happy to have Kovalev here... and I think Gainey will be able to sign him. He'll have very solid linemates in Zednik & Koivu... and all 3 should produce big time. Plus Markov finally has a friend!
Komisarek8, thank you so much for taking notes on the interview. I'm glad to see Kovalev seems happy to be with the Habs. I haven't seen his jersey with his name, but I must say I am absolutely dying to see him suit up for the Habs here. He was once my favourite player.