Kovy does not go quietly


Alex Kovalev rips the media and formey Senators’ coach Cory Clouston in a Russian interview … like the one in which he ripped Guy Carbonneau … which Kovy said was a fabricated conversation.

Sovetsky Sport: You have a reputation of showing up one night but disappearing the next. Is this a fair characterization?

Kovalev: One journalist wrote it when I was still playing in New York, and then it all started. There are such reporters, who don’t watch hockey, don’t understand it — but they will still say that Kovalev doesn’t give his all. That he plays whenever he wants. They are short on their own opinion.

We at HIO are not short on this opinion: He’s a dog.

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  1. Jdub1985 says:

    At the end of the day, this guy has only GOOD things to say about Montreal and the fans … he knows that much. I couldn’t careless how inconsistent he was. L’Artiste was the only thing close to a superstar the Habs have had in the past decade. May his endeavors in Russia be prosperous!

    You rate the best moments.
    – His elbow to Tuckers face.
    – His patent PP goals as he turned off the boards and sniped the shelf.
    – His salute after he won the All Star game in Montreal
    – His Lafleur goal, goldilocks and all.
    – His end to end scoring clinic in Beantown

    • LA Loyalist says:

      I’d rather Kovy than Captain Alaska.

      Thank you Kovalev – my favorite singe moment (aside from you shooting from that special spot in the faceoff circle) is when you took care of Darcy Tucker.

      No one on this team could have done that quite so elegantly.

  2. Everlasting1 says:

    Say what you will about “Mr. Inconsistency” Kovalev, but he showed up when it mattered most – the playoffs.

    “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Psalms 82:1-2

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  3. Josh says:

    I don’t deny one bit that Kovalev was awful to watch on the ice but he is right about the Ottawa media and Clouston.

  4. SmartDog says:

    I posted under D Mex that I agreed that this is a cheap shot against Kovalev. Guess someone didn’t like it because it’s gone.

    Basically, I don’t see why any HIO writer would think he’s “a dog” or would post such a thing on here. Methinks some writer at HIO are a bit long in the tooth to get the nuances of how this ‘new media’ thing works. Just because it’s okay to be more ‘real’, doesn’t mean that you can say anything you want. I know it’s “only” sports… but a paid journalist is not the same as a poster. The one luxury we have over you is to say pretty much whatever we think, however stupid it is. You don’t have the right. And calling Kovy a dog seems pretty dumb to me.

    *****WARNING: Testing out new dog icons for the coming season. *****

  5. Neutral says:

    say what you want about Koivu, he was a 1st line center something the Habs don’t have right now, and if you are expecting miracles from this gang they put together for 2011-2012 season, you’re in for a surprise,. wait till they start getting injury’s, they’ll become the same as last year and will be scrambling to fill the holes. you’ll see.

  6. deggy24 says:

    Two of the most popular pastimes are to either villify or deify athletes. It is likewise common with a player like Kovalev, who has some remarkable skills, to draw a conclusion to the effect of “if he had so and sos heart” or “my hockey brain”, he would’ve been the greatest player ever. The facts are that although Kovalev was vastly superior to most NHLers, he did not have a rhythm to his game, nor the tempo to his playmaking, to necessarily excel except in certain situations.
    To claim he wasn’t trying is, to those who play the game, foolhardy. Not trying leads to injury, and Kovalev subjected himself to countless attempts on his life, every time he stepped on the ice. And he survived with a finite number of trancendent abilities, mixed in with a number of deficiencies. He wasn’t an all-time great NHL player but he sure had some ‘all-time great’ skills, and on a talented team where he wasn’t the focal point, he was a champion.
    He was fun to watch, certainly second only to Subban with respect to the last 15 years of Habs hockey.

    Habs Win!

    • TomNickle says:

      I’m sorry but I strongly disagree. The comment that people who don’t try their hardest don’t get injured, while a generalization is quite often accurate. And quite accurate pertaining to every physical demanding activity, not just hockey.

      Not trying leads to injury? If you’re referring to not paying attention, then yes, but if you are sincerely saying that people who coast suffer injury you’re dead wrong.

      I’ll go further than you and say that anyone who watched Kovalev with an ounce of objectivity knows that he didn’t give an effort nearly enough or to be quite honest a level of effort that is demanded of professional athletes today. He is quite possibly the laziest professional athlete in any major sport, of his generation.

      There aren’t many outside of baseball who come close. That by the way is the consensus opinion of former opponents, teammates, coaches, media and fans. You are in an overwhelming minority if you feel that he gave anything close to a consistent effort.

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