Kovalev Anyone?

Alexei Kovalev wants out of Montreal, he has stated he wants out. The Leafs have an over-payed defenseman by the name of Pavel Kubina. The only way to get rid of an over-payed player is to get another over-payed player. Kovalev can play when motivated. I think a change of scenery to Toronto would do wonders for him, and playing with a real first-line center in Mats Sundin, I think it would be awesome. So here is the proposed trade:

To Toronto:
Alexei Kovalev (4.5 Million Dollars)

To Montreal:
Pavel Kubina (5 Million Dollars)

Montreal struggled with defense this year and Toronto couldn’t find a right combination with Mats Sundin. This is a good trade for both teams and I think it would do wonders! What do you guys think?

32 Responses to Kovalev Anyone?

  1. 42wellwood42 says:

    I would rather Toronto trade Kubina for draft picks and/or prospects instead of Kovalev but if we couldnt then why not.

  2. Hoondog2 says:

    Kubina and the Leafs 13th pick to Columbus for Foote and their 7th pick.

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    hab fans have this deusion that kovalev is any better than Kubina, so they are going to attack you for this proposal. Having said that, if the habs miss out on one of souray or Markov, they could replace him with this deal. I am 99.9% sure Kovalev will not play next season in a habs uniform. If they lose souray, its better than buying out kovalev.

  4. leafmeister says:

    I like the idea but I dont think that Montreal would trade such and impact player to a division rival that the play 8 times.

  5. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i like the idea, problem is this draft is a top 10 draft. there is a significant difference between 8th and 13th, some say only a handful of players from this draft willbe nhl regulars. that 8th pick becomes more valuable.

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Hm, a big, physical defenseman who can shoot when given ice time with Kaberle, coming off a pretty solid year considering his injuries and reduced ice time, versus a whiney little diving prick…

    I'll stick with Kubina, thanks.

  7. tucksfan says:

    i agree kovalev can go play else where. id rather get mogilny back it would probly be better outcome playing mogliny with sundin then kovalev with him any ways and kubina will never play his salary but will still plau ok… better then kovalev for his salary.

  8. Go_Leafs_14 says:

    I'd hate to see Kovalev in blue and white, he is a complainer.

  9. sakurulz says:

    by all means……sending kovy to the leafs will be ''killing 2 birds with oe stone''…not only would mtl be getting better but at the same time they would weaken the leafs!hehe
    but also, if mtl hope to sign an impact forward this summer, no thx to kubina and his 5M…..at 3-4M id consider but not at 5!just take him for a 7th rounder and id be thrilled!

  10. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    we dont want your junk, unless you take ours

  11. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    kovalev only plays well beside star players. Sundin needs a winger. this could be a nice fit. plus the leafs have a pair if russian on the team, and a coach who isn't racist

  12. tucksfan says:

    i would rather a kubina theodore trade then kubina kovalev

  13. RealisticLeaf says:

    I like where you are going with this way of thinking so I can't rip on you for it. Good thought although Kovalev is very self driven and not team oriented. So i think the distraction of him would be awful to the chemistry in the room. But the idea of him with Sundin makes me feel like takin a chance on this.

    Good idea as far as scoring but awful on chemistry.

    One would have to weigh out which is best.

  14. Hoondog2 says:

    The important thing to remember is that Kubina is not a bad hockey player.  In fact i would rather keep him over McCabe, but that definitely isn't happening.  I would rather keep Kubina than get screwed on a deal.

  15. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I'd love Mogilny, but he's finished.

  16. LeafyMcLeaf says:




    I'm tired of people thinking that last summer was bad for Ferguson because of the players he took. Part of it is the ones he didn't take (Lindros). Peca, Gill, and Kubina were all good signings, but at bad prices. If they were cheaper, fine, I'd have no problem. The only guy he signed last summer that I wouldn't have is McCrap.

  17. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    McCabe is a million times better than Kubina in any situation at both end of the ice.

  18. tucksfan says:

    he hasnt offically retired yet so i think he will sign wit a team in the FA market and then make a comeback year

  19. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    No, you're wrong. I win.

  20. Pony says:

    Its sad to say but for once I half agree with Leafy. If you look past the big contract Kubina is by far superior in his own end, plays much more physical, doesnt get pushed around, doesnt cough up the puck as much, not as many dumb penalties and still has a good hard shot.

    I suppose if you looked past both contracts theyd both be great to have but the only thing McCabe has gonig for him is his offense, Kubina is a much more complete player.

  21. FarFromFreedom says:

    He would flourish off Sundin but hes a whiny little ***** if he doesnt get enough ice time and maurice is the type of coach "if ya aint playin good, you aint playin at all"

  22. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    wa this the same kubina I saw?? you know the one who couldn't skate in his own zone, turned the puck over all the time, and took penalties trying to be physical. McCabe is a more mature player, rarely gives up the puck when he pinches. Kubina has a good hard shot, but shoots at the worst possible time. Honestly, his mentality is…

    wait…wait… ok 3 opposition shot blockers in front, now i'll shoot.

    McCabe made Colaiacovo a better player, Kubina held Kaberle back.

  23. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Kubina makes the worst decisions in his own zone, and McCabe kills penalties.

  24. Pony says:

    I spose its just a matter of opinion but from what I saw I liked Kubina as a second pairing defenseman he never seemed hurt the Leafs and played a pretty solid game in my opinion.

    For 5 million youd expect a go to guy which he isnt but contract aside I feel hes quite a good defenseman.

  25. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    quite good, deserves less than 5 mil, and more than 20 minutes of ice time. something he won't get as long as McCabe is in the lineup.

  26. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    McCabe is terrible at every aspect of the game.

  27. I-BE-LEAF says:

    and you Leafy are terrible at every aspect of a debate

  28. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    a player terrible at every aspect of the game does not lead a team coached by paul maurice in ice time.

  29. JuicemaN says:

    I actually agree with you Leafy…..this might be the first time, perhaps the second.

    Are agreeance record is about 2-14527 (agree-disagree)

  30. JuicemaN says:

    Sorry Blue and white but you're wrong about Kubina…the entire Leaf nation is jumping on him because of his contract; he's a very good defensman and there's a reason JFJ threw that much money at him. Many other teams were bidding for him because he's good, not at scoring but at both, a little socring a good at defense.

    there's plenty of better dmen out there for cheaper but if he was 3 million per year leaf fans wouldn't even be talking about him.  He was Tampa's top dman beside a younger Boyle when they won the cup and anybody who knows hockey and not just the Leafs knows that Kubina is a good defenseman but he's just over-paid for how the leafs use him.

  31. JuicemaN says:

    I'm a big McCabe fan but if you want to talk about taking dumb penalties….perhaps you should compare McCabes PIM's to Kubina's.


  32. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Kubina is big, ha a big shot, and can load tonnes of minutes. thats why he won the cup in the NHL. McCbe is better, and Kubina deserves a shot as a #1 or 2 defenseman on another team.

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