Kovalev to be traded?

His detractors might say somebody should have woken up Alex Kovalev with a shot in the head a long time ago.

Or what the Senators winger is doing now is auditioning for a job as Sidney Crosby’s linemate before the trade deadline.

But maybe, just maybe, all the aging Russian needed was a few days under the hot sun to recharge his battery.

Whatever the real reason, Kovalev has returned from the all-star break with new-found jump and his familiar scoring touch. After a three-point night Wednesday, Kovalev now has two goals and two assists in the past two games.

The sudden production has come with Kovalev wearing the disguise of a brawler.

In the game before the break, he was sitting on the bench when a puck hit him in the face, breaking a cheekbone and his nose.

Only now are his two shiners starting to disappear.

“It’s all right,” Kovalev said of his nose. “It just gets hit all the time. Soon as you get it once, then they keep hitting it.”

Kovalev denied the tongue-in-cheek theory he’s taking out his frustration at being hit on opponents.

“I’m not mad at anybody,” he said. “It’s one of those things, sometimes every thing works for you, whatever you do, and sometimes just whatever you do … you may be trying too hard or whatever it is, but nothing works.”

Kovalev, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, says he’s not dwelling on the possibility he could get dealt before the Feb. 28 deadline.

“I’m not thinking about it right now,” he said. “What’s most important is how I’m playing, and if I’m helping the team or not. We had a break, we talked about coming back and turning things around. We still have a lot of games to play.”

“I’m not going to discuss rumours or what other people are saying. What happens, happens.”


http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2011/02/04/17164261.html


2 Responses to Kovalev to be traded?

  1. 93killer93 says:

    Pit
    Conner, Lovejoy, (Conditional Pick)
    Ott
    Kovalev, Carkner

    Pit
    Kunitz
    Tor
    Lashoff, Blacker

    Pit
    Letestu, Samuelsson, Blacker, Ekbom, Bortuzzo, 2nd, 3rd 
    Edm
    Penner, Cogliano

    Penner-Crosby-Kovalev
    Cogliano-Staal-Dupuis
    Cooke-Talbot-Kennedy
    Adams-Rupp-Asham

    Orpik-Letang
    Martin-Michalek
    Goligoski-Carkner

  2. wayne2 says:

    Sens need to make moves and rebuild with picks and prospects.Teams are starting to get ready for the playoffs and have needs.Here's a few thoughts:

    To Boston:Gonchar + late pick(7th and up)
    To Ottawa:Wheeler
    (Wheeler is young,big and fast while Gonchar brings great offensive skills and the bruins can afford to loose a forward as they're full of them)

    To Vancouver:Phillips and Rutuu
    To Ottawa:Raymond Mason + 3rd pick
    (Ottawa gets a much needed pick and a porspect while Vancouver gets a shutdown experienced defensemen whoom elevates his play in the playoffs and a gritty experienced forward and take a big step towards the cup)

    To Montreal or Pittsburgh:Kovalev
    To Ottawa:a pick between 4th and 7th round
    (the only places Kovalev's been shown to have a little heart and a pick for the sens)

    In the off season Ottawa signs Bieksa(hardnosed defensemen) and both Craig Anderson and Josh Harding for 3 years each just to give more time to Lehner.

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