Are one of the birds on its' way out of the nest?
The plight of the Pittsburgh Penguins has worsened in the last few weeks with their loosing streak reaching nine games last night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
With this streak showing no signs of ending soon, we all have to start wondering about the “Kovie watch”, where he may end up and what the penguins may get in return? In loosing 9 games in a row, the Penguins find themselves in a similar fate as last year. They are barraged with injuries to Straka (go figure), and their defensive corps is depleted with injuries: D Hans Jonsson (hip), D Janne Laukkanen (hip), D Dick Tarnstrom (foot), D Michal Rozsival (shoulder), D Josef Melichar (shoulder). They have resorted to calling up several younger players from Wilkes-Barre Scranton when they are not prepared for the National Hockey League.
With this all said, is it time to think about dealing Kovalev to improve this team’s quality of depth offensively and defensively. Craig Patrick has stated he improved the teams depth in the offseason in order to prepare the team incase the same rash of injuries occured again this year. The signings of Vlad Vujtek and ALex Daigle have not worked out like he had thought, with Vujtek returning to the finish league and Daigle having cleared waivers and being sent down to Wilkes-Barre Scranton. He made a very big mistake in not trading Robert Lang and allowing him to walk as a free agent obtaining nothing in return.
Patrick has to make a move to bring more talent onto this team. THey have a collection of third and fourth liners and need an infusion of talent.
The time is right to trade Kovalev and acquire two-three NHL caliber players already on a roster.
The question remains who does Patrick ask for? Rumors have him talking to Colorado for Tanguay and possiblty Skoula or Radim Verbata.
Either way the Penguins need to reverse their fortune of late. When govenor elect Ed Rendell takes office at the beginning of January, they will deal directly with him asking for public/state funding for a new arena. Having the team in last place at that time will not improve their causes.
Has anybody heard any rumors of late as to where Kovalev may go? Do you think his value has decreased due to his horrid +/- rating??