Senators' Kovalev untradeable: NHL execs

Senators fans aren’t likely to get their wish when it comes to Alex Kovalev this summer.

While the winger took it on the chin in last Sunday’s Ottawa Sun You Be The Boss poll in which 71% of respondents wanted the Russian dealt, three NHL executives doubt it’s going to happen.

After all, having a one-year, $5-million (all terms US) contract, being 37 years old and coming off surgery for a torn ACL and being generally inconsistent in 2009-10 … there just aren’t going to be too many suitors.

“I don’t think anybody is going to want him,” a league executive said Saturday. “Sure, they could try to see if anybody wants to take him, but he’s a high-risk, low-reward player. There’s not a big market for those types of players.”

Time for Pens to move Malkin?

Evgeni Malkin is often an out-of-this-world talent who can play keepaway with the puck, but after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shocking ouster by the Montreal Canadiens, it is painfully obvious the Penguins have an overabundance of a good things at centre and a paucity of wingers.

Penguins GM Ray Shero loves his strength down the middle, with Sidney Crosby, Malkin and the best one-two-three punch in the game, and he keeps saying that he doesn’t want to mess with such a good thing, but why couldn’t he move Malkin ?

Gonchar Done in Pittsburgh?

If the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Montreal goes down as his last stand with the Penguins, Sergei Gonchar admits he is unsatisfied with the way his five-year tenure ended.

Gonchar would prefer not to be remembered for allowing Canadiens winger Travis Moen to get past him at the blue line to score a short-handed goal in the Penguins’ 5-2 Game 7 loss Wednesday at Mellon Arena.

An idea on Conferences

I saw an idea tossed out on a hockey board that I think could be fun.

What if the NHL went to North/South Conferences instead of East/West?

Basically you’d have the NE, Central, and NW divisions in the North. The Pacific, SE and Atlantic would make up the South, with a few substitutions like Nashville and St. Louis headed to the South in exchange for let’s say the Rangers and Pittsburgh.

What to do With the Bruins

Well it happened again. Game 7 of the second round, except the Bruins happened to pull off the biggest choke in sports history this time. This is the type of loss that demands changes, so here’s what I’d do this offseason if I were Chiarelli.