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07-08-2004, 10:14 AM
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Kovalev n'a pas rayť le Canadien de sa liste

Article in today's La presse that I translated. Some interesting quotes from BG and Greenspun:

MATHIAS BRUNET

Alex Kovalev has not eliminated the possibility of returning to brighten up the hockey nights at the Bell Center in a Canadiens uniform.

At least his agent, Scott Greenspun, opened the door for the Habs yesterday.

''Alex would love to return to Montreal. He adored his experience there. Maybe I should try to do something to find a deal.''

The Kovalev clan has already rejected a Habs offer a month ago so they could go sniff the market. But it seems the juicy offers for the superstars like Kovalev, Kariya and Palffy are rare.

''When the Canadiens made their offer, we answered by saying we were going to talk with them once again, after having tested the market. It wasn't a question of turning our backs to them. We simply wanted to know Alex's value. Obviously, there's alot of uncertainty in the air when it comes to salaries. It's tough for us to establish Alex's value right now. How many high profile free agents have signed? Conroy and Madden are the big names and they are defensive specialists. I can't see the situation clear. Right now, we are waiting. And we don't have any deadline to meet.''

Aside from the 4,25 million $ offer per year from Montreal, has Kovalev received any other contract propositions? ''I don't want to enter into the details. But some clubs showed some interest. We can feel alot of prudence on their part.''

According to a rumor, Kovalev's wife does not want to leave the NY area. Greenspun says that is not a problem. ''Even if Alex signs with Montreal, the uncertainties of the next season remain the same ones. We don't know what will happen.''

What message can Greenspun send to Habs fans today? ''Montreal is not a place to eliminate in Alex's choices. In fact, everything depends of the Canadiens.''

Gainey is keeping a close eye on the situation. ''We have received lots of calls from agents of UFA's since July 1, including some high profile players. They wanted to know our interest. Greenspun also called me. In Kovalev's case, we showed him our interest in June. It's now up to them to tell us what kind of contract is acceptable for them.''

With the arrival of Bonk, the return of Kovalev would be welcomed. The Habs could count on 3 very potent lines: Kovalev with Koivu and Zednik; Ribeiro and Ryder with a young LW (Dagenais, Higgins or Hossa); Bonk, Bulis and a winger to be determined(Hossa, Higgins, Perezhogin if he can play in the NHL or maybe even Kastsitsyn if he is ready or a UFA, lots of choices).

''It's not impossible for us to hire another UFA, says Gainey. We lost Langdon and did not qualify Sundstrom, who would have filled a role on our defensive line. There are openings which we will fix with the kids who want to play or with players from the outside.''


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J'espere osti but thx for the interesting article Marc but I hope really he will come back I want to see the numbers of assist Koivu will get with Kovy joke aside,Koivu deserve a elite winger with him because of his effort in the last years and his perseverance but Kovy has skill and size too him and Bonk will make us a big team down the middle ,the second line need size because Rbeiro as a center it's not too big so for me Hossa would be a nice fit in the second line or a UFA but we have to give room to our young like Perez,Hossa,Higgins.


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Kovalev's Return

Thanks for the article Marc. We finally have some insight on how Kovalev is taking the situation. From the sounds of the article, it sounds like everything is pointing to the return of Kovalev. The only reason he hasn't signed is to see what other teams are offering, so they can return with an offer to the Canadiens. It makes sense on Kovy's part to do so. I feel a whole lot more confident now that Kovy will return.

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Finally some real news and not some hearsays and rumours....should be an interesting summer.

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Or he's just using the Habs to up his price like a lot of players have done in the past.

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'According to a rumor, Kovalev's wife does not want to leave the NY area.'


I don't like the sounds of that....but then again, I doubt the Rangers are going to put in a serious bid for him. Then again.........

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'According to a rumor, Kovalev's wife does not want to leave the NY area.'


I don't like the sounds of that....but then again, I doubt the Rangers are going to put in a serious bid for him. Then again.........
Islanders or New jersey ring a bell?

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'According to a rumor, Kovalev's wife does not want to leave the NY area.'


I don't like the sounds of that....but then again, I doubt the Rangers are going to put in a serious bid for him. Then again.........
New Jersey might, or the Ilse. I heard the same rumour but I still think he's gonna sign for us.

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Or he's just using the Habs to up his price like a lot of players have done in the past.
Exactly. It's all just more of the same rhetoric on all sides that we heard when traded for him, then again at the end of the season, and we will continue to hear at any opportune moment in the future. Kovalev and his agent are working the room, trying to get the best deal they can, and I wouldn't read any more than that into it. Standard Operating Procedure, all the way. Nothing to get excited about.

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IMO, the Habs have as good a chance, if not better, than any other team to sign Kovalev, BG offered a very competitive contract and now, Kovalev and his agent want to see what kind of market there is for a player of his caliber, it would be stupid for him to sign the 1st offer the Habs gave him and then to see Palffy or Kariya sign for much more, when a big name UFA signs, we'll have a better idea whether or not Kovalev will return, right now IMO, there's a 60% chance...

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Given the lack of real news, it is always good to get a whiff of something these days. I am also glad to hear that Gainey has been getting calls about other "high profile" players, because IMO we need that top line winger to really make this a good team next year. I would like it to be Kovalev, but will be equally glad with a similar calibre player.

I am very confident that our platoon of young prospects like Hossa, Higgins, Pleks, Hainsey can fill the other gaps, but without a bona fide top line guy, we would be floundering out of the gates at the start of next season.

The Sundstrom comment is interesting. Not re-signing him frees up $1.95M, and I am sure that Gainey feels comfortable replacing him on the third line with a Higgins or a Plekanec if that frees up money to get a Kovalev or a Kovalev-calibre player. Gainey is keeping his options open, and that is good.

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I think people are putting too much fortune into Kovalev, like he's our savior, don't get me wrong, he's a great player, and probably the most talented one i've watched since i've been a Habs fan, but at the same time, the Habs were off to the playoffs before Kovalev got here, let's not forget that, and I think that, that's the way BG sees the situation, he wants Kovalev, but not at any price, we've got a bunch of young players who are ready and if Kovalev dosen't resign i'm just as confident about the season...

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Nice Read

I like the sounds of this,it's helps to know that something is and has been going on in this situation.Just because Kovy's wife doesn't want to leave NY that doesn't mean he can't sign anywhere else.Alot of players play in a city they don't reside in.
Ilse can't afford him and Rangers we know his history with them and i doubt his style of play would be welcomed in NJ.I'll give it two weeks and he'll be signed by Montreal at 5 million for 3 years.

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I think people are putting too much fortune into Kovalev, like he's our savior, don't get me wrong, he's a great player, and probably the most talented one i've watched since i've been a Habs fan, but at the same time, the Habs were off to the playoffs before Kovalev got here, let's not forget that, and I think that, that's the way BG sees the situation, he wants Kovalev, but not at any price, we've got a bunch of young players who are ready and if Kovalev dosen't resign i'm just as confident about the season...
Your right when you say we have players who are ready, but how many of them are really ready for first line duty?? I know theres the Ryder case, but in reality this doent happen every season. As of right now, Hossa hasen't earned a spot, Higgins has no experience, Pleks is in the same situation as higgins, Perez most likely wont be playing in the nhl next season. So who does that leave us??? I agree with you that Kovalev is NOT our saviour, but we do need him or some other high profile UFA to complement that first line along side Saks, and Zedder, because we dont really have anyone yet. The only guy that could possily jump our and make that first line is Kastitsyn because of his offensive skill, but most likely he will end up in Hamilton to adjust to the North American game, and learn to play some D.

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According to a rumor, Kovalev's wife does not want to leave the NY area. Greenspun says that is not a problem. ''Even if Alex signs with Montreal, the uncertainties of the next season remain the same ones. We don't know what will happen.''

Je hais!Si ste kolis de russe la se fait tirer les couilles par sa godasse ben moe j'pense qu'on a perdu Kovy osti!

Il s'en vas avec les Islanders ou New Jersey.Peut Etre mem pittsburgh tant qu'a y etre!

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I'll give it two weeks and he'll be signed by Montreal at 5 million for 3 years.
I hope you're right

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Je hais!Si ste kolis de russe la se fait tirer les couilles par sa godasse ben moe j'pense qu'on a perdu Kovy osti!

Il s'en vas avec les Islanders ou New Jersey.Peut Etre mem pittsburgh tant qu'a y etre!
Cant you write English? This is an English board. If you can read it in english (which apparently you can) then write in English.

:mad: We are not all Bilingual

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Je hais!Si ste kolis de russe la se fait tirer les couilles par sa godasse ben moe j'pense qu'on a perdu Kovy osti!

Il s'en vas avec les Islanders ou New Jersey.Peut Etre mem pittsburgh tant qu'a y etre!
HEY at least be respectful and talk english not all the people can understand you they aren't all BILINGUAL.

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Cant you write English? This is an English board. If you can read it in english (which apparently you can) then write in English.

:mad: We are not all Bilingual
He can write in French if he wants, you don't have to read it.......get a life dude :troll:

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He can write in French if he wants, you don't have to read it.......get a life dude :troll:
Yeah but if he wants to be understood he has to talk english and he used bad word in his post common be atleast respectful I understoo him because i am bilinguual but here theyaren't all bilingual.

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He can write in French if he wants, you don't have to read it.......get a life dude :troll:
Hey dude, if you didn't notice, this is an english board. So he should write in English.

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Yeah but if he wants to be understood he has to talk english and he used bad word in his post common be atleast respectful I understoo him because i am bilinguual but here theyaren't all bilingual.
Use the altavista translator and get some manners.

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Hey dude, if you didn't notice, this is an english board. So he should write in English.
A lot of Montreal fans are bilingual, grow some common sense, you are not forced to read or understand everything there is written here

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Use the altavista translator and get some manners.
Everybody know already that I can't spell it's not a big deal :lol

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A lot of Montreal fans are bilingual, grow some common sense, you are not forced to read or understand everything there is written here
Good Grief, dont take a caniption over it. Let's not get into another fight over a senseless thing like this, lets get back to the subject of this thread.

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