We have leaders, Kovalev and Koivu. Koivu is our captain always has been, Kovalev filled in fine for him and yes he is a veteran leader but he along with the team are aware that Koivu is our leader, we lost some games.. **** happens. Everyone looks up to Koivu.
Habs never made pass the second round since Koivu is the captain for over 10 years.
Habs start losing since the return of Koivu.
Kovalev plays better with the ''C''.
Kovalev is the MVP at the ASG wearing the ''C''.
My belief is that we have separation on the club between the Russians/Belarusians and the N Americans. Russians are GENERALLY a different type of people....I know, I was in a 5 year long relationship with one and have many Russian friends. So this is in no way bigotted. Hell, I'm Greek...and we Greeks have our own set of unique idiosyncrasies .
They need their ego stroked and don't take criticism too well. It hurts their feelings and if their feelings are hurt, they mope. So it's a real battle trying to motivate them. Now if there is only one or 2 on the team...it's easier to manage...but with 3 or 4, I can see a group rebellion scenario that can have a devastating effect on team chemistry.
for the last ****ing time, just because kovy can dangle doesn't make him a leader. ever notice that whoever plays on his line goes on a slump? have you ever seen him go into the corner and battle for the puck? leader my ass.
Was it not koivu who said when he went down for injury a while ago that they NEEDED a captain on the ice, someone else to actually wear the C. Therefore I do not think you guys have a power struggle, if not for koivu kovalev would only have an A when koivu is out. That said I think koivu is going to minisota sooner rather than later and kovalev will take over. he's done a fine job
Koivu is a leader but i don't really see it from him..
Hard when you're in the pressbox, but he's come back from injury, 2 points in last 3 games playing less minutes. His playoff performance last year(with an injured foot) speak for themselves. I've seen him motivate the team before, but I think the only thing is, he's too much of a nice guy, he needs to put his foot down and single out players.