Then this move was probably Bob's last resort, he probably shopped Kovalev around the league extensively before "suspending" him... I mean, there is no point in taking such a drastic measure, and obviously lowering his value on the market to an all time low, if he still thought about trading him away?
and when he plays saturday, what do we get for winning the bet?
You won't win. here's the catch. If Kovalev was really fatigued mentally, then he would have atleast travelled with the team to Washington. Fact of the matter is, Gainey doesn't want him anywhere near the club!
Absolutely. Gainey covered his a** by opening up the NTC in the last couple of months leading up to the trade deadline when Kovalev was to be UFA.
There are lots of teams that must be picking up the phone right now to see what it would take to get a skillful guy like Kovalev on their team.
A team with a top powerplay would love a guy like Kovalev if he can be had for a 2nd rounder, or even a first (here's dreaming).
A team like Vancouver, Dallas or even Columbus who is in the hunt would greatly benefit from Kovalev. Actually, I like the idea of Columbus making a deal for him.
If you heard otherwise then feel free to contradict.
Before one contradicts, he needs proof that the initial statement is correct.
From all the sources (CKAC, La Presse, RDS), it seems like Gainey asked Kovalev to "chill" for a few games, cause his head was not in the game. "Fired" may be a strong word to describe the situation.
Alex may well be traded before long, but at this moment, I don't believe he was "fired".