What's Kovalev Worth – Have your say

The Montreal Canadiens struggles continue and many Hab fans are voicing their displeasure with Alexei Kovalev. It is well known that under the right cir*****stances Kovalev is an elite NHL player but for some reason at the present time he is playing very poorly and it appears that he is very short on confidence. The question is this. What is the value of Kovalev? If you would want Kovalev on your team … what would you give up to land him?

44 Responses to What's Kovalev Worth – Have your say

  1. Skeeterzx225 says:

    A bag of pucks? all this guy cares about is the letter on his jersey.

    kovalev go back to russia.


  2. hockey_lover says:

    Ugh .. who knows.

    The guy has all the talent in the world and when he turns it on, he really turns it on. Good skating, amazing hands, hard shot. Has ALL the tools to be a #1 sniper in the league.

    However, he cant sustain it. He takes weeks off at a time. Gets lazy. Doesnt play hard.

    Its a gamble with him each and every game.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    the whole team is about a buck fifty canadian.

    i would like to ask those hab fans how they feel about their goalies.

    i kept saying that the inexperience in net would do them in.

    everyone kept telling me how solid they would be despite the youth in net.

    hows that working out? 

    the savior has lost 7 of 9.  awesome numbers.

  4. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    If you get the All-Star MVP Kovalev, he is worth alot.

    But this lazy selfish, all about me type of guy, you would be lucky to give him away.

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    At this point you wouldn't get a lot for him.  Maybe a middling pick or a player who is also under performing.  It could be worth the pick just to ship him out if you are looking to shake up the team. 

    At this point who knows? 

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    It's not just the tending that's the problem.  The team is in a funk.  Nobody is doing what they get paid to do. 

    I don't know what an experienced goalie would do any different when the entire team is playing so poorly.

  7. hockeyhead says:

    time to fire guy?

  8. Habs38 says:

    Go Leafs Go???

    Habs and Kovy got a major PP problem…. Nobody wants to pay the prices for his teamates…..
    Lot of injury in the last 2 month

    Stop trashtalking about Kovy, this guys want to Win, and he's frustrated to see some good young guy (pleky, Kosti brothers cie) to be individual…

    No chemistry, No victory

    Don'T stop to work like Kovy, Koivu, Marky, Komi, Lappi, Bégin, Breez,pacioretty….!

  9. bobdole says:

    Kovalev? elite hardly; he has broken the 80 point barrier two times in his career. His career totals are well below a point a game. He's a 60 point guy, a very good one. He's worth a 2nd and a mid level prospect. To everyone who says alexi is elite they are moronic.

  10. careyprice31 says:

    You mean time to fire BoB

  11. careyprice31 says:

    Its better than to just loose him for nothing similar to ryder souray and streit who that idiot bob didn't trade anything for nothing. *****ing good gm we have eh in BoB we Trust my Balls

  12. ghozzt says:

    I agree completely. Kovy is a very good 60 points guy with point-per-game upside. He has the ability to do it but you just cant count on it.
    Kovalev would be more effective as a second liner. He needs to play in the shadow of better players. Example…playing in San Jose, behind guys like Marleau, Setoguchi, Mihalek and Thornton I'm sure Kovy would do wonders. Theres less pressure to be the "best player" and he's no longer a target so it leaves room for him to works against less talented players.

  13. hockeyhead says:


    no more in bob we trust.?

    fire both of them.

    without any of my bruin sarcasm…….the habs are in bad shape like the sens.

  14. careyprice31 says:

    I wouldn't say as bad as the sens quite yet but they are heading there. Bring in Steve Yzerman as GM.

  15. hockeyhead says:

    denis savard as coach?

  16. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    Elite players find ways of fighting through the best checkers in the league.
    Take any top-10 scorer and they'll have 1/2 the skillset Kovy has to work with, but twice the heart, drive and commitment to the team.

    Skillset without heart is useless….as we're finding out.

  17. careyprice31 says:

     HmmmMaybe. Im thiking more larry robinson. Maybe even Pat Roy. Or you can bring back Pat burns. Thats a longshot however.

  18. marcsmonsters says:

    nothing is wrong with the habs….believe me i hate the habs, but all teams go through struggles like this…..carey may be hurt still who knows, but i guarantee u all will be fine in  montreal…..the deadline will come and they will pick up kaberle and trade subban a 1st and higgins to get him

  19. nordiques100 says:

    what hab fans need to do is take a deep breath and relax.

    its their own grave they dug by expecting what they wanted and not expecting what was deemed reasonable.

    the fans predicted a cup was a definite. the reality was this was an up and coming team with still lots of growing to do based on their flop in the series vs the flyers.

    now taht reality slapped them in the face, there isnt a major need to press the panic button. its more a time to regroup, reload and stay the course theyve been on the last few years.

    this is still a young team with lots of young talent. 10 players 25 and under, and Higgins just turned 26. Plekanec is also 26. and then there's weber, chipchura, mcdonagh, subban, maxwell and whatever they land in the 09 draft.

    take a chill pill people. this is still a solid franchise that in july will have some freedom to make some worthwhile additions with their cap space freed up thanks to expiring contracts.

  20. HABSSTAR says:

    I don't think this is a manager/staff problem.  You can't expect Bob, Guy, Kirk or Doug to go out there and score goals.  If you have a group of players who are unwilling/unable to listen to these guys I would suggest that the problem is the players.  I don't think you can question any of the staff's knowledge of hockey or knowledge of what it takes to win.  It is probably likely that the players have just given up.  If they have you identify that and ship them out.  Which is, of course, easier said then done with a cap now days.  It might take a while but I have no doubt Bob Gainey will resolve this, and I really don't think it will be with a new coach.

  21. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    "its their own grave they dug by expecting what they wanted and not expecting what was deemed reasonable"

    I stopped reading here because, by definition,  it shows you're really not a fan.

    ANY fan worth his salt will expect their team will do well, especially after they had achieved success the previous year.

    Are you telling Bruins fans that they have unreasonable expectations? Or any other team for that matter?

    Do you expect from your team only after they won a Cup?

    I'm not sure which team you root for, but if you mean what you wrote, this post shows that you have no passion for them or for hockey.

  22. HABSSTAR says:

    Ryder – You wouldn't have gotten a 4th round pick for him last year.

    Souray – Habs were chasing a playoff spot and trading him at the dead line would have signalled that the staff had given up on it.  Gainey was in a no win situation as trading him would have angered as many people as not trading him. 

    Streit – Again, much like Souray you can't trade a guy when you're making a playoff push.  People would have lost their minds if they had. 

    Look at how everyone questioned his trade of Huet, however if he would have held on to him and lost him as an UFA.. which he would have at 5 million a year people would have shit again.

    All in all Bob is doing a good job and I don't see anyone else out there who could do any better.

    You're frustration with the way the team is playing is evident.

  23. habswinthecup-again says:

     He is worth nothing and should be put on waivers immediately. He is the single biggest reason this team is in big danger of missing the playoffs.

  24. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    And that would help the Habs how?

  25. chicoface says:

       A bag of used pucks. He just does`t care

  26. HABSSTAR says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    It would have been nice to see them build on last year.  Looks like this year might be the "one step back" year that all growing organizations seem to run into.  I still think they will make the playoffs, and hell after the cake walk they had there last year and the subsequent under performance they suffered possibly because of it, I hope they do have to fight a bit to make it.

    Anyhow you're points are valid and I've been talking about the cap space this summer myself for a bit now. 

    Not sure what you think of the situation but I think the cap will come down by a substantial margin and not many teams will have the type of cash the Habs could. 

  27. nordiques100 says:

    ok let me rephrase. it was "we're going to win the cup for sure in our centennial year" type of predictions by hab fans. maybe not extraordinary for some, but as a non-hab fan i didnt quite see them being anywhere close to say the sharks or wings.

    they had a long way to go and were exposed badly by the flyers. they did nothing to resolve those issues. thats why i feel what i said.

    they were not well rounded. they leaned heavily on their PP. it dried up on them against the flyers and they were all looking around without a clue after that. its been non existent this year exposing them further. making them look more vulnerable. teams arent stupid. they picked up on that.

    they leaned heavily on their goaltender to save their bacon. one day this kid price will do that, but to force him to be roy circa 1986 was absurd. he is having an sophmore slump by his standards. he should get his groove back, but even he isnt enough to alone lift this lifeless group back to glory. 

    and, while they got laraque, they arent team tough. plekanec and his "playing like a girl" statement is haunting this team. they are pushovers and now they really need a leader who pushes back. not just a 4th line forward and komisarek.

    this is why i've really pushed for the habs to get lecavalier. he is who they need. he is someone they should go hard after. if they can do it trading whatever except price, markov or komi, do it.

    sorry but hab fans did jump the gun. they werent going to win for sure. and for myself, i just felt they were still at the same level as last based on what they did. 2nd round appearance at best. now, they may not even get that far.

  28. nordiques100 says:

    my guess is the cap stays around 56 for next year, goes under 50 the year after.

    so the habs will have wiggle room next season, but have to be careful with a few of their youngsters with contracts coming due the next 2 seasons.

    they are a fine team, but i think expectations were way too high to start with this group and they caved or are caving under the pressure of it all.

    its actually, to be positive about it, a good thing cause they needed to be humbled and back to just playing smart hockey, not showboating.

    its actually the best thing for price especially who didnt learn to be modest from his flub in the bruins series……probably cause they still won the series. now, i think he realizes how hard the NHL really is and how much harder he needs to work to be the great going many, including myself, thinks he'll be.

  29. habswinthecup-again says:

     By getting rid of the bum, Kovalev is the Cancer that is killing the Habs and if you can't see that then you are either 1. nuts 2. blind 3. delusional or 4. all 3.

  30. Rico420 says:

    Jesus H Christ.

    Seven loses in 9 games and it's time to fire Gainey, Fire Carbonneau, tear apart the team – scream that we wasted a pick on Price, Koivu needs to be stripped of the C, Kovalev is a bum though last season he was the Hart trophy winner.

    Fact: The Habs will snap out of this losing streak.

    Fact: The Habs do need to make a change within the team in the form of a trade.

    Fact: Carbonneau would have won the Adams last year if it weren't for a guy by the name of Bruce Boudreau.

    Fact: We're still better then Buffalo, Ottawa and Toronto.

    Fact: Drop to the ice to block more pucks, help Price out more.

    Fact: Put the puck on net – stick a couple bodies in front we can score goals.

    I think Price came back from injury a little to early and needs to get his *****iness back.

  31. LeafsNation91 says:

    I think they need an elite forward, probably Lecalvier would help the team.

    We all know Montreal has good propsects, but are any of them going to be ELITE. Put up the numbers of Ovechkin, Kovalchuck, Lecalvier, etc. If I had to make a comparison with this team today, it would be the Leafs of the new millenium. They will get into the playoffs, probably the second round, a conference final or three, but not good enough to go all the way.

  32. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    Maybe it's 5. I have an opinion different than yours. No?

  33. hockeyhead says:

    is it always four twenty for you?

    lay off the bong water.

    the habs will be lucky to hang on to a playoff spot.

  34. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    Tim Thomas is on HGH.

  35. micky says:

    you're retarded if you think MTL will give up Subban, a 1st and Higgins for Kaberle…..maybe 1 of the above, not all 3.

  36. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    Who cares what he is worth, take anything. Someone will cough up at least a second round pick for this clown. I still think his fit is Washington. Playing with russians that make him look old would be perfect. It might wake the lazy pig up or at least it would show him it's time to hang em up. If no deal can be made, SEND HIM DOWN TO THE AHL . Let's see how you deal with that MR. All-Star MVP (JOKE). Trade every European today while they maintain the value they have!

  37. Habroller says:

    To get the type of players you listed you need to tank.

    Tanking has never been an option for Montreal.

    Pittsburgh, Washington and more recently Toronto are tankers.

    Tanking has some kind of looser groove to it. You can't win 24 cups and agree which such mentality.

  38. Habfan17 says:

    Kaberle is not worth that much! Plus he is hurt! Higgins and a 2nd round. Subban will probably be better than Kaberle one day! If you want a dman, take Fischer!

  39. Habfan17 says:

    I am a die hard Habs fan, but I don't think any team would take Kovalev right now. The only team I see maybe being interested is Vancouver. Playing with Demitra might bring him out of his funk and if it did, would give them a boost. They have started playing better and Sundin is finally getting his timing and conditioning back. But, if they did want to take a chance, I doubt they would give up more than a 2nd round pick, or maybe Wellwood who seems to keep ending up in the doghouse.

  40. Habfan17 says:

    I am a die hard Habs fan, but I don't think any team would take Kovalev right now. The only team I see maybe being interested is Vancouver. Playing with Demitra might bring him out of his funk and if it did, would give them a boost. They have started playing better and Sundin is finally getting his timing and conditioning back. But, if they did want to take a chance, I doubt they would give up more than a 2nd round pick, or maybe Wellwood who seems to keep ending up in the doghouse.

    What may be interesting is a rumour that Phoenix may be looking to move Jokinen, probably to make room for Turris who they have just sent down. I have no idea if they want roster players, picks, prospects, or a combination. It would be nice to add him if it would cost Plekanec, Begin, and 2nd round pick. It would give Mtl a big centre who played well in the Eastern conference without giving up too much. Or Mtl could make that trade and then package him with Higgins, a first rnd pick, and Emelin for Lecavalier.

  41. LeafsNation91 says:

    But with the NHL, the tankers typically become the best teams, unless you have the mind set of NJ or Detroit, where they will never become bad again. Toronto wasn't tankers until now, because the want the most elite forward they can get

  42. dumbassdoorman says:

    You will be lucky if Subban turns out that good. You are severely overrating your Habs players/prospects and knocking Kaberle because he is a Leaf. He is a top point producing defencemen in this league many times over.

  43. dumbassdoorman says:

    He didn't say the SHOULD tank, he said will any of them be elite. There is a difference, he is merely suggesting that if they can get an elite player they should. Why? Because elite players are RARE. Funny how i have noticed some Leaf fans can write on a Habs article without bashing, HMMMMM?

  44. Habroller says:

    Not sure who you're talking to.

    Learn how to use this site if you want to have an intelligent conversation.

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