Kovy redux?

On the eve of the Ottawa Senators’ visit to the Bell Centre, Pierre McGuire floated a fun hypothesis today.

In his usual slot on Mitch Melnick’s show, McGuire suggested the Canadiens, in their quest for a Top Six scorer, might consider trading for the prodigal son, Alex Kovalev.

It’s not like he’s an Ottawa untouchable.

And L’Artiste loves Montreal.

Discuss … and let’s keep it civil.

They were also talking acquisitions on Michel Villeneuve’s CKAC drive show.

Their name: Dustin Penner.

286 Comments

  1. Say Ash says:

    yeah, but the make-up, err, kissing is great

  2. Hagar says:

    Pairing Kovy with Gomez would be pure genius. I’ve been watching G-Love this year. He rips through the neutral zone and then dumps the puck off to one of his wingers like it was a hot potato. From what I understand Kovy loves having the puck. He sometimes tries to stickhandle his way through an entire bloody team (and occasionally succeeds). Imagine how efficient he’d be if he only had to do so in the o-zone. Gomez/Kovalev would be a match made in heaven.

  3. Ian Cobb says:

    DOG, your a dog!  Gomez is the best money player on the club, just wait for the play offs. And the game he is playing now for Martin works well. No one else could do it as well.

  4. Hagar says:

    Only a fool? Wasn’t bringing back Kovy a part of Gainey’s master plan?

  5. B says:

    Woops, sorry to repeat your thought. I just noticed your earlier post after slowly posting mine above. I guess many of us have similar memories of Kovalev both good and not so good.

  6. B says:

    I remember Kovalev in the playoffs against Boston, he got a slash, gave up the puck, forgot about the play, bent over embellishing and bumped Souray out of position allowing a Bruin (Glen Murray?) to waltz in alone and score. Kovalev is one of the most talented players in the league. I have seen him dominate a game more than once, but I also remember so many other nights wondering if he was even playing that night (he was but was just totally invisible). He is still very inconsistent, always has been and always will be.

  7. Danno says:

    Nope. Bill Lee pancakes. Weedies!

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  8. DearyLeary says:

    Makes no sense, despite the fact that he’s not putting up stellar numbers, he is at the absolute worst our #4 center.  I value depth at center more than I’ll ever value Kovalev.

  9. VancouverHab says:

    Now that’s a knock-down drag-out argument for you. Brilliant.

    “a picture [here, a video] is worth a thousand words.”

  10. NoTinFoilCups says:

    No, that makes no sense at all.

  11. SmartDog says:

    Exactly.

    You musta been eating Wheaties all week-end…. lots of bang-on posts!

     

  12. Castor says:

    I love Kovy. I always have…but he’s torture sometimes…and we’re dealing with Gomez this year.
    Just bring MaxPac up until the deadline then see if we need a defenseman or a new forward.

  13. blu3chip says:

    Kovalev is too great to miss… I’m willing to trade Subban, Price and a 1st rounder for him, but since we are dealing with our Sens bros, I will raise the chips and…

    gosh I can’t believe I’m saying this… but here we go…

    Gomez and Spacek for Kovy…

    ok maybe that’s a bit too loopsided… Sens throw in Karlsson and we have a deal!

  14. kakey says:

    Watch this video and tell me if Kovalev fits in here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PB00lY2YrQ

  15. BC HAB says:

    I still blame that doufuss Souray for that one. Correct me if I’m wrong but Kovy played  great in that playoffs.

  16. Danno says:

    Going back to Kovalev is like going back to a realtionship that just didn’t work out. Big mistake.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  17. kakey says:

    If Kovalev loves Montreal so much why didn’t he give his all so the team would keep him?

  18. Malreg says:

    My playoff memeory of Kovalev: I remember him faking an injury and running into Souray, giving the other team a free breakaway for the game winning goal.

  19. jimmy shaker says:

    If we give up a 3rd rounder for Kovy then, yes!  Reunite Kovy, Pleks and A.Kosty for the second half of the year and see if they can rekindle the magic of years past.  Then get Cammy/Gomer/Gionta together for about 5 games without tinkering with them…..and if gomez doesn’t work out than throw eller back up there.  That was easy.

    Shaker

  20. BC HAB says:

    Kovy:

    -Good for the powerplay

    -Good for the playoffs

    -I remember watching the guy pick up his glove from the ice while still holding on to the puck and making a play. It was beautiful. Maybe this time he can dangle while on one foot and still score.

    -The guy is the Artist. C’mon

  21. avatar_58 says:

    NO. I love Kovalev, I do -but no. We do not need another ‘project’ that needs to be nursed into producing. We have enough issues trying to get Cammalleri and Gomez going, 2 guys we *know* rachet it up come playoff time.

    Kovalev is the old habs…..the habs I do not wish to see on the ice anymore. No disrespect to Kovalev or Koivu of course, but thank you guys – and goodbye. We’ve moved on

  22. kevin m says:

    If we’re talkin’ about gettin’ an old ex-HAB back into the fold I’d take a Mark Recchi

  23. Bob Barker says:

    No thanks to either Penner or Kovy. If Stars are out of the playoff picture by the deadline, Gauthier should try to get Brad Richards. 

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Well said, Jane.  Only a fool would consider taking Kovy back.

    As for Penner, we can handle his 4.25M right now but what about next year when he gets the same coin?  As well, you usually have to give up more for a player who has another year left on his contract.  A Hamilton wannabe or a 2nd rounder won’t cut it for this guy.

    It’s easy for us to talk about what we want, the real question is what are we willing to give up?

  25. Mark Light says:

    I don’t see Kovalev Gomez Gionta as a great line, they need a real banger to work well and Kovy is not a banger.

    Put Kovy with Gomez and slip Benoit Pouliot in on the other wing.

    Then you get a KGB line with some attitude and finish.

    hehe

    Although you lose a PHD

    Dumb move?

    How far over the hill will Kovy be by next year? Will he sign for less?

    How many youngsters are gonna be ready by February? Max Pac is tearing up the AHL.

  26. SmartDog says:

    There’s only ONE way Kovalev makes sense. If we trade Gomez for him.

    Outside of that, no, nyet, non.

  27. observer says:

    gainey just took a walk with sundin in stockholm?

  28. larisalapointe says:

    Habs are a very good team, why wouldn’t some young talent want to play here? I bet there are still some players who would take a couple of bucks less just to win a cup, and play in a crazy hockey city like Montreal. Kovalchuk is a great example that money doesn’t necessarily buy you happiness. And why can’t the team trade, say Cammy? OK don’t be mad, just an idea.

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Playoff Performer: Check.

    Thinks the game is about him: Check

    Makes my best friend’s Kovalev jersey useful again: Check

    Good role model for young players: Uncheck

    Reliable in regular season: Uncheck

    Won’t pout over JM not giving him a letter: Who knows?

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  30. MathMan says:

    If the Oilers are silly enough to trade away Dustin Penner — arguably their best player at the moment — the Habs should jump on it.

    But Penner is the kind of guy the Oilers will need during their rebuild — productive vets who aren’t too old, can show the kids the rope, and keep the team semi-competitive.

    Kovalev? Much as I like his game aesthetically, that ship has sailed. He’s been more of a playoff performer for the Habs anyway. I don’t think he has the foot-speed to keep up with Gomez or Plekanec either.

  31. BC HAB says:

    Yes to Kovy and Penner. But try 4 Penner first.

  32. BC HAB says:

    Can’t deny that the guy is a gem in the playoffs.

  33. Mike MacPhee says:

    No Kovalev; not ever; never ever; not a chance.  We’ve spent two years rebuilding the team to the point where they come to play every day, getting rid of the cancers that tore this team apart, and McGuire is crazy enough to even think that Kovy is a good fit?  It’s easy to see why he’s never gotten the GM jobs that he’s wanted.  NEVER.  NEVER.  NEVER.

  34. AH says:

    Unbelievable…we have a group of players here who have come together well and for the most part are showing up, working hard and producing results that I think most, if not all of us, would have taken, if offered, in the offseason. So yeah now let’s add back in a tempermental floater who only shows up when he feels like it, or after the boss takes him out for ice cream and gives him a few days off…come on. Penner has good size, but he’s an underperformer too. If I had to choose, I’d take Penner for his size…serious blow to McGuires’ credibility.

  35. oldrrty says:

    The team just got rid of its underperforming diva (sergei) and now there is rumors of taking one on again? Please not again. His last good season was 07/08 and that was three years ago. Kovalev’s best days are long behind him.

     

    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  36. Les-Habitants says:

    I don’t think Kovy fits into the mold of this team – and I mean that with all sorts of respect to what Kovy did while in Montreal.  This is a team that plays a very north/south way of hockey, where they shoot and the dangling is significaintly reduced.  There is a lot of skill, but not as much flash – and I don’tthink Kovy would provide a lot of value.

     

    As for Dustin Penner, I think Pouliot is a better player and cheaper.  Plus, we already have him on the roster!

  37. Bill says:

    Kovalev is a reliable playoff performer. He might be able to get Gomez going.

    Kostitsyn – Pleks – Cammalleri
    Kovalev – Gomez – Gionta
    Pouliot – Eller – Darche
    Pyatt – Halpern – Laps

    Not bad.

  38. JF says:

    No to Kovy.  The team seems to have a great work ethic and team spirit, which I think would be undermined by a player who floats some of the time, a player who’s an exception to the rules that govern everyone else.

  39. showey47 says:

    same here

  40. joeybarrie says:

    Plus minus is misleading when the team is losing most of the games… Look at Washington last season, some of those guys had HUGE plus numbers. Doesnt make them the best defensive team in the league does it.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  41. RiverviewCanadien says:

    No Price is the difference along with the Habs D.

    You mean to say that Alfie is a bad player? He is also -6. Sens do not have the D we have nor even close to the goaltending.

  42. DearyLeary says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s terribly misleading with an irresponsible player like Kovalev.

  43. WestHab says:

    that’s a good point I guess we’d have to see where Kovy stands against his team mates as far as plus minus goes. I”m far too lazy for that.

  44. RiverviewCanadien says:

    See my post above, Daniel Alfredsson is also -6, Gonchar is -14.

  45. WestHab says:

    ok, thanks, now I want Alfedsson

  46. joeybarrie says:

    You are dead right about the irresponsible part. Even if his point production outweights the goals against while he is on the ice, we are still playing a better game without him. We are balancing where the goals come from. Very similar to how we played in 2007-08 just not quite as high. ut we have a great deal of players all close to each other in scoring. Opposite of Tampa, Pitts, and some others where 3-5 have ALL the points.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  47. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Not sure how to read you…do you know how great of a player Alfie has been?

    I would take Alfie in a hearbeat as well.

  48. WestHab says:

    I would want him over kovy any day.

  49. habitual says:

    There are certain things, like Voldemorte, another Harper election victory, good luck Leafs, AND trading PK, that are not to be spoken.

  50. Storm Man says:

    It would take up alot of space and Im watching MNF ;).

  51. RS says:

    No way to Kovy returning!!! That’s an insane suggestion. Actually, it’s just a provocation by Boone to keep the traffic and comments coming, nothing more.

  52. LA Loyalist says:

    I second that. Every time we look at the red line at Center Ice  at the Bell Center we should see Saku’s blood there, in flesh and in spirit.

    And I think that on January 22nd, 2011 you will hear him appreciated. 

     

     

    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  53. SnowManHabs85 says:

    If we somehow move Gomez contract to another, i will be in shocked, if the Habs do trade him for Kovy, I’ll still be in shock. Kovy has 1 year left on his contract. Better to have Kovy’s contract than Gomez longer contract.

    AK – Pleky- Gio

    Cammy – Halpern/Eller – Kovy

    Pouliot  – Halpern/Eller – Darche

    Moen – Pyatt – Lapierre

    Prefer Halpern’s face-off specialty on 2nd line than Gomez

  54. DearyLeary says:

    Kovy and Hedjuk are UFAs next year.  Meaning they’re rentals, so don’t expect the deal to be for more than a pick and a prospect.  

  55. DearyLeary says:

    For the sixth time.  Milan Hejduk is not out of the realm of possibility.

  56. RiverviewCanadien says:

    That was good.

  57. punkster says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

    Edit: Seriously, this guy would have the effect of landing a whale-sized shark. He’d eat ice time with his floating, swallow a ton of salary and all we’d get are bits and pieces in the end.

  58. DearyLeary says:

    We’re loaded up on LW’s as it is.  If you think Lamoriello would ever let go of Parise… well, pass me what you’re smoking and we’ll see how crazy it feels then.

  59. 24 Cups says:

    SM – Ottawa may be desperate, but I doubt they would add Gomez’s contract to that of Spezza’s.  Two guys who do SFA is more than any one team can handle.  Especially to the tune of 14.3M for another three years.

    Which begs the question, would you trade Gomez  and a another piece for Spezza?  Would it be any different than swapping Lats for Pouliot?  Just askin’.

     

  60. geo_habsgo says:

    I think Habs should call an audible and bring Koivu back. He has aged and is not the player he used to be but he is still a consistent 50 point player and has team first qualities. Playing on a team with this talent will also be less taxing on him in terms of generating offence and overall would be a stabilizing move for our forwards giving talent and scoring opportunity across 4 lines.

    Think about it

    I also don’t understand why Gomez continues to be included in trade rumours. You don’t trade players when they are playing so poorly, especially when they are so expensive. Where is the upside for the other team even if you throw in a draft pick or a prospect? It just doesn’t work that way. When we took on the Gomez contract it was meant as the start of a quick rebuild and to bolster our offence. At the time, both teams were getting something they needed as they gave up a good player, albeit an expensive one, for some young talent. Where those trade acquisitions got each team is a different story entirely..

  61. DearyLeary says:

    The only way getting rid of Gomer’s contract would be prudent for the future would be if we could land Richards.  I don’t think it’s in the cards.

    Now, a deadline deal for a stud right winger would certainly be a good idea.

  62. habitual says:

    I hope you’re not suggesting that Lats for Pouliot was bad for us, Steve.

  63. Exit716 says:

    Ottawa’s going to have a hard enough time filling the seats in Kanata as the season goes on….they won’t trade Spezza for Gomez unless Melnyk wants to be outdrawn by the 67s,

     

  64. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    MB did provide a clue when he indicated “Pierre McGuire floated a fun hypothesis“.

    Does anyone really believe this Mgmt group would bring back Kovalev, even as a rental?  It would likely draw a painful past much too close, and there are numerous internal options for the 2nd line issue (Pouliot, Eller, Pax).  It is possible that PG may look for a hired gun on Feb 28th, if the Habs are on top of the divison, and a legitimate cup contender, but there is not a discernible reason to do so otherwise, and not before the deadline.

    Habs lost a #1 D-man for the remainder of season. PG likely inquiring about a top 4 D-man at this time, if available, and despite the success of Weber, PK, and Picard. 

    Ok, try it this way. You have a family of four and drive a van – crash & burn – now a write off.  Do you go shopping for a new Mustang? A smart, boring, yet pratical family head (PG) would likely come home with the correct long term solution, a new family van ( top 4 D-man).  Save the Mustang (hired gun) until the kids are grown up (deadline).

    Apologies in advance, go ahead, I deserve rebuke.

     

  65. habitual says:

    Unless it is a 4th rounder, still too expensive.  Too many examples of the value of drafting and developing to rent someone for 3 months.  Think about how many rentals have not worked out …

  66. punkster says:

    No trades until the deadline…or at least until the December run is over.

  67. geo_habsgo says:

    Love me some Kovy but I agree entirely. He fit playing the individualistic-free-wheeling-devil-may-care Carbo hockey but I really don’t see him playing well under a coach like JM who has no patience for attitude and opposition to his style and system. It’s not a knock on JM its just true. I sense that there would be a huge personality conflict between the two of them.

  68. habitual says:

    A bit touchie this evening?  Sorry, but I think you are right.  I’ve been saying for a while I am nervous about the age of Gill, Spatch and Hammer, irrespective of the fact that they are playing well.  I worry they will be worn thin by playoff time.

  69. Mattyleg says:

    Awww… I really liked Kovy when he played for us.

    As maddening as he could be, he was absolutely deadly on the PP. That little circling thing he did, then…zzinggg! Top corner.

    He’d love to come back here, but I don’t think he’d fit the plan. We couldn’t put him on the top two lines, and he’s no checker.

    Heh heh. It’s fun to dream.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  70. LizardKing1967 says:

    You are kidding right? “We can’t put him on the top two lines”. OK, so Moen’s the answer. PLEASE!

    I would drop KOVY on hte second line in a heartbeat.

     

    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  71. SnowManHabs85 says:

    I think Spezza would agree to waive his no trade clause he was gonna move only 1 1/2 hours away from Ottawa, question is, Would Gomez waive his? Another piece would probably be a scoring winger like Palushaj since Foligno aint scoring as much as some people thought he would during the pre-season.

  72. Steve C. says:

    I would totally and 100% be up for bringing Kovalev back, but only later on in the season.  Not before February.  And if the Canadiens are in such bad shape that they need to acquire scoring earlier on, Kovalev won’t be the solution.

    He’s a proven playoff performer.  He could add a boost to this team, and what about next year?  What’s wrong with having 3 lines that can score?  And nevermind checking lines.  Any lines featuring Plekanec or Gomez can both do the job.  Gomez learned from the best in New Jersey.  Who says that Kovalev hasn’t learned his lesson for asking for 5 million and refusing the offer and end up on the wrong side of HW 20 (417)?  I could see him wanting to come back, play third line minutes plus PP time for a cool 2 million, perhaps even less.

    It would work, it could totally not.

  73. stephen says:

    Much as I love Saku, he doesn’t address what the team needs at this time: size and scoring up front.

    I would gladly take a player of Arnott’s ilk. A proven competitor who can not only clear space (something Moen is relatively adept at) but also bury a few. I think he or a player like him would prosper on a competitive team again.

    Not saying Arnott is the definite answer, but a player of his stature and skill would go a long way.

  74. HardHabits says:

    I really think the they should try to bring back Guy Lafleur. He scored 3 goals and was all over the ice in his farewell game. The Habs should try to convince him to postpone his retirement.

  75. Pieboy says:

    I love to watch Kovy when he decides to show up, but I would hate to see him on the Habs right now. This Habs team shows up to play pretty consistently, and plays as a team. For all of Kovy’s considerable talent, I suspect he would subtract from the team’s strong work ethic.

  76. Hagar says:

    The Sens should just hand over Kovy for free at the deadline if they’re out of the playoff picture. We have the cap space to add him, they’re not gonna bring him back anyways, It would help a fellow Canadian team win the cup, & we’d be helping them acquire a top draft pick by helping them tank.

  77. 24 Cups says:

    No, not at all.  My point was that we traded one underachiever for another in the hopes that a change of scenery would be beneficial.  The same thought would apply to Gomez and Spezza getting a new start on life.

  78. ctony says:

    i’m sure this is nothing, but if you’re looking to fan the flames, gionta was supposed to be on nhl live today at 3pm.  but called and apologized at 2.55pm to say he was “busy”.  maybe management was asking for his opinion on a deal…. hmmm… just saying.

  79. ctony says:

    moore cost a second rounder.  these UFAs will be a little bit more expensive.

  80. habs365 says:

    here’s some of what I’m smoking..he took kovalchuck’s contract didn’t he..unless he gets rid of half the team..he’ll have to let Parise go..tell me where he’s gonna come up with the money..Parise can’t wait to test him..kovalchuk is gonna bury the NJD for years to come..why not get 3 draft picks..

  81. Psycho29 says:

    We are 5th in the league (2 points out of 1st), 3rd in the Conference….Price is in at or near the top of the goalie catagories…The team is doing fantastic, especially considering Markov is injured and Gomez, Cammy are struggling.

    Kovalev, Komisarek, Koivu, Higgins and all the other victims from the GGP (Gainey’s Great Purge) of a couple of years ago were let go for a reason.

    Do we really want to risk ‘real team chemistry’ by bringing Kovalev or anyone else back?

     

     

  82. punkster says:

    Probably works herder than Kovy too.

    Edit: harder…works harder…oh he is a herder too because he had many sheep following him…and a hoarder too the way he hoarded ice time…whatever…I’m tired…

  83. DearyLeary says:

    I’m fine with that, they need to finish in 9th so that the Bruins don’t get another amazing pick.

  84. DearyLeary says:

    We’d be stocking up for a Cup run, eventually the future needs to come.  This season has the potential for a winner.

  85. newbrunswick troy says:

    Since we are talking rumors….this just suggested by Nick Kipreos, Hemsky is injured long term with oilers..and they are now looking to deal….is it Penner to the Habs,  maybe…but it looks more like  something to do with Surray …..

    could it be that the Oilers take on Gomez contract for us taking on Surray,s????

    I love this rumor mill stuff…( makes me feel like a girl at the water cooler)

  86. temekuhabs says:

    If we can get him for a draft pick..why not?

  87. Arune Singh says:

    I’m in NYC and considered going up just for that game. Koivu at the Bell Centre should always be a reason to celebrate.


    Thank You Saku. Thank you Halak. Thank you to all who wear the CH.

  88. WestHab says:

    that just doesn’t work for either team.

  89. BeachHabFan says:

    the last thing you need on a team of hard workers is a part-time player and most-of-the-time floater. i loved him the 30% of the time he fought for the puck, and was frustrated as hell the rest of the time.

    Penner would be great, but i can’t see the oilers giving up young talent right now.

    would prefer a veteran but not kovy. cory stillman? 

  90. von says:

    I’d be OK with having Kovy back. I wouldn’t give up much though.

     

    With Markov gone for the year he would definitely help quarterback the powerplay. Not the physical, top-six forward we always have wanted but what’s the diff? We’ve been talking about that for what, 10 years?

    _________________________________

    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  91. WestHab says:

    wonderful avatar

  92. thebonscott says:

    2 words Jason  Arnott      please

  93. thebonscott says:

    2 words Jason  Arnott      please

  94. Arune Singh says:

    I know it’s me being nostalgic, but I’d love to have Koivu back and win the cup with him as part of the team.


    Thank You Saku. Thank you Halak. Thank you to all who wear the CH.

  95. BeachHabFan says:

    Thanks! homemade!

  96. Storm Man says:

    C’ MON MAN I don’t want L’Artiste or Penner…… Much better players to be had at the trade deadline.

  97. habs365 says:

    Habs should try and make a deal soonest for a left winger like PARISE-NJD or COMEAU-NYI….imagine Parise with Gomez and Gionta…Cammy back on the 1st line…don’t know what you think..looks pretty good to me..the 3rd line looks good..4th line, players in, 1-sitting…..

    may have to give up some draft choices..if you want a half decent left winger for Gomez..either one of those guys would be a good addition..Parise would be my preference.

  98. LA Loyalist says:

    I’m really torn. I’d love Kovy for the playoffs, his numbers speak for themselves and he would have something to prove.

    And perhaps he would have a better attitude having seen how the other half live up on the Rideau…

    I don’t know. I can see both sides of the argument. 

  99. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Please tell…

  100. Say Ash says:

    He had 15 years.

  101. habitual says:

    Hold on lads:  Except for Gomez, who do we give away for any of Kovy, Penner, Hedjuk, or anyone else that would be a net gain?  I like the rest of our team.  We’re doing well without Gomez’ production, so unless we bring someone up, we need to learn to suffer with # 11.

  102. Arune Singh says:

    Yeah, but he never got the kind of players they have now and, to be honest, I just want him to retire as a Hab


    Thank You Saku. Thank you Halak. Thank you to all who wear the CH.

  103. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Maybe that is why PK is sitting, so he does not get injured playing that reckless, foolish, roughhousing style of hockey…he is being shopped, in a package deal with Gomez…

  104. 24 Cups says:

    The rebuild is over.

    We wouldn’t have made the playoffs without Moore last year and we won’t win a Cup this year without another upgrade. 

    We will be buyers, not sellers, come February.

  105. punkster says:

    But where do you really stand? What do you really think? Underneath all the rhetoric and fancy words.

  106. punkster says:

    My self-imposed silence on the G______ subject runs until December 31.

  107. VancouverHab says:

    Wow, It’s great to learn how well things are actually going for the Habs. Things are so well in the performance side of things that our profession journalist lords & masters are writing articles and publishing posts for the sole purpose of stirring the controversy pot.

    It’s a little bit depressing too, that if we were losing or had any personnel problem we would be posting voluminously and the pros would not need to invent controversy: but because there is no real problem we post less (or invent matters of our own.)

    So, that answers the question itself: no way to the kind of Kovy drama.

     

  108. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey, Boone’s yacht payments won’t cover themselves.

    aaaaannnnd that’s the end of Hab’s Future, it was fun while it lasted.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  109. joeybarrie says:

    So funny how 2 years ago, people were getting together to STRIKE outside the Bell to force Gainey to keep Kovy… Now he is AWFUL…

    This is not a bad idea. What I like about it is Kovy’s incredible creativity. This is something we lack. It bring another level to our game. What I do not like is his inconsistency. Especially for his cap price. I don’t think he is Martin’s type of player either. So I think in the end it would be better to go in a different direction.

    BUT it would not be a bad thing. I just think there are better options out there. The difficulty is getting them. Easier said than done.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  110. BC HAB says:

    Good post. I agree. Except for that I would still take him. Get him now so that he has time to get on the system and gel.

  111. Duracell3 says:

    It’s hard to find anything cap wise that would make sense, unless the sens really want the superstar that is Roman Hamirlik. And there is absolutely no way Ottawa would take Gomez’s contract.

     

    Plus, the fact I don’t think we need him at his cap price, if you really want him, wait 9 months and get him for half.

  112. tony d says:

    If you’re gonna try for someone, why not get someone who shows up for the playoffs instead of disappearing.

    Sorry, not a fan of that idea. Kovy’s time came and went.

  113. BC HAB says:

    Kovy always shows up 4 the playoffs.

  114. Mike Boone says:

    No!

    Habs Future in the on-deck circle.

  115. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kovalev has 98 points in 116 playoff games, scoring in the post-season is not an issue for him, scoring in the RS and being a good teammate is.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  116. Hagar says:

    Kovalev can surf a puck down the ice during practice. He can also execute a one-handed wrister. If Kovy can demonstrate his excellence by surfing a puck down the ice & executing that wrister onto the net along the way, I’m tempted to say that yes, we should bring him back. That’s far too cool to pass up. Though, something in me is telling me it aint gonna happen.

  117. showey47 says:

    I would take penner over kovalev if i had to pick one.

  118. Danno says:

    Creativity is not compatible with The System®. Ask Jacques Martin. Ask PK.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  119. mrhabby says:

    the organization spent millions on new players and creating a new environment, atmosphere so on and so forth. Kovy’s time has come and gone ..we need team first players.

     

    ps..i would like to see some tough guys..give me a hartnell , burrows type player.

  120. habaholic68NJ says:

    No thank you. Been there, done that.

  121. DearyLeary says:

    Hejduk, Hejduk, Hejduk!!!

  122. Chorske says:

    Who is “people”? You’re suggesting that Habs fans were monolithic wrt Kovy’s departure. I certainly wasn’t among those who got out the torches and pitchforks. Actually, I have to admit that I was relieved the soap opera was over. The artiste was getting me down.

    I think signing Kovy would send exactly the wrong signal to the team: that the prima donna soap opera is back on, every man for himself!! And if you don’t like it, take a walk in the Old Port or a couple days off in the middle of a playoff race!! NO THANKS. Been there, done that, I am so OVER Kovy Fever, I handed that infection off to Ottawa, where it continues to pick and choose when it flares up. BLEAGH! BLEAGGGH. I am kind of barfing just thinking about it. BLEAGH.

    And I completely disagree that we lack creativity. Are you even watching the games? If anything, we need to SIMPLIFY our style, not pretty it up.

  123. Ian Cobb says:

    Why do we need a new stick boy??  Keep him in Ottawa please.!

  124. Ian Cobb says:

    He has only one system,  HIS

  125. Chorske says:

    What a load of horse manure. More bitching about the coach and his system.

    Look at the standings. Ask Carey Price. Ask Lars Eller, or Pouliot, or Pleks. Heck, ask the top-tier teams we have beaten in the past month, including one whose coach noted that the Habs were hard to play against because their game is so structured.

  126. 24 Cups says:

    I have it on good authority that Mike Boone would prefer Jason Arnott at the trade deadline.

    I’m not sure he would be available but if Jersey continues to flounder…

    As always, the question is what would the Habs be willing to give up to get an Arnott, Penner or Kovy?

  127. BC HAB says:

    Kovy is gonna play till he is 50.

  128. Hockey Socks says:

    Defense wins championships.

  129. PeterD says:

    Not Kovalev..too much of an individual and he would not fit into the group we have today…

    Penner…maybe but be very careful who the Oilers would want back…I would not want us to give up too much depth in the sytem to get him…

    Would like to see us pick a large scoring winger that will be a UFA in July this year so we don’t have to give up too much and just pay cash and maybe a draft pick…

    Whoever we go after, if we go after anyone we need to keep thinking long term about player turnover aging players and our up coming talent in the system. and bringing them into the big team in a steady staged manner to provide continuity and succession of talent…

  130. Chorske says:

    Hee hee!

    As far as I am concerned, Kovy is doing more good for the Habs as a Senator than he could ever do as a Hab. Atta boy Kovy! Keep showing up 33% of the time, and eating 10% of the cap space of an eastern rival!

  131. Chorske says:

    As you can tell, I thoroughly agree with you that there are better options out there.

  132. Chorske says:

    Unfortunately, true to form, he will be playing with himself.

  133. diehardhab says:

    On the subject of kovy, only michael scott can accurately put it into words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31g0YE61PLQ

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  134. BC HAB says:

    Does anybody know if Kovy has grown his hair out. If he has I say get him back already. He always plays better when his hair is longer.

  135. mrhabby says:

    steve..jersey needs cheap as in draft pics..they don’t need anybody big back in return..they can’t afford squat.

  136. Danno says:

    And on fire.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  137. Chorske says:

    The usual thing is the competing team gets the rental, and the non-competing team gets a prospect and-or picks. And cap relief. So I dunno, would I be willing to give up someone like Desharnais for a rental? I don’t know. I don’t know that the Habs have that many picks to shop around, either.

  138. WestHab says:

    if “we” can swing the same deal that Calgary got Tanguay for, maybe but I’m rather happy without him.

  139. SeriousFan09 says:

    Arnott’s on my list as a guy I’d take at the deadline, proven in the playoffs, a veteran of NJD system like Gio and Gomez, we could have a Jersey Line behind AK-Pleks-Cammy. With NJ’s cap issues, it’s not like signing him back on is a guarantee and Habs could probably have him at a fair price, a 2nd-round pick perhaps?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  140. WestHab says:

    right, and his jersey should read “ME”

  141. M.Neil says:

    The problem here is not about Kovalev, it’s really about Mcguire’s loss of mind, common Pierre smarten up, sometimes I wonder whether he actually believes his own BAV.

  142. kevin m says:

    Didn’t Bob Gainey try to land Jason Arnott in 2006 as a free agent? Pretty sure he turned down the offer & signed with Nashville instead.

    Don’t want anybody who doesn’t want to be here. Just sayin’

  143. WestHab says:

    who would take him for walks now?

  144. bertuzzisucks says:

    These are my grades for the 1st chunk of our season played. Keep in mind guys liks Eller, Darche, Gionta, Hammer started slow and other guys have slowed down like Subban, Gill, etc…

    A Plekanec / Price

    B+ Darche / Kostitsyn /

    B  Eller / Gorges / Subban / Hammer / Halpern /Pouilot / Auld / Picard

    C+ Gionta / Pyatt / Lapierre / Moen

    C Cammy / Spacek / Gill

    D Gomez/ Boyd

    Weber- unavailable

  145. DearyLeary says:

    You mean the defense that allows less than 2 goals per game?  Do we really need another defender that badly?

  146. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha!

  147. WestHab says:

    pretty good but Gill deserves better than C, probably Cammy as well. at least c+ for the both.

  148. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha! And as I said elsewhere today, we can’t complain about the free vanilla ice cream. The pros do what they need to do. I think Mssrs Boone, Stubbs, Hickey & Mio are wonderful. The other guy (not the Red guy) …not so much.

    Actually, I’m too quick to mollify: Mr. Boone’s article was perfectly legit: Mr. Stubbs’ was if not beyond the pale, then just at the border… 

  149. joeybarrie says:

    Im sorry, but i think your really wrong about the creativity. Look at how Kovy used to hold the puck and make great passes all over the ice. Especially on the PP. We are very simple when it comes to that. we throw it in or have gomez bring it in, try to set it up and pass back to the point for a slap shot. 90% of the time. Attacking wise we are not creative, we grind it out and put the puck to the net. What we lack is  great cycle and puck movement. Kovy does well in this. We are saying the same thing on the NO side. But if it were forced upon us, I think he would bring some good to the team.

    I 100% agree with the Kovy saga soap opera part of it. Not what this team needs.

    You are dead right about the waiting for it to flare up. We need MORE consistency not less. Cammi and AK are streaky, Gomez is underperforming right now, and Gio seems to be streaky too. What we need is a SOLID .75 point a game player who performs every night. Preferably with some size, and will use it in front of the net.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  150. sh00n says:

    Actually, the playoffs are where Kovalev shines.

    But nice try. If you’re going to hate on him, at least make valid points.

  151. habs365 says:

    I thought we were rebuilding

  152. habs365 says:

    how could we have a jersey line when gomez and arnott are both centres

  153. Say Ash says:

    better do your homework, tony

    kovalev shows up in the playoffs just fine – in 33 games with the habs, he had 31 points

  154. SmartDog says:

    Those are the people who are still saying we should take him.  Kovy has style and charisma. And those one-timers – wow!

    But I wasn’t sorry he left and I’d hate to see him back.  I mean, I love the guy, but as Timo said, we have enough artists on this team, what we need are some big SOBs to stand in front of the net.

  155. LA Loyalist says:

    I’m not allowed to comment on G_____ until Dec 15th, but I’m saving up a good one :)

  156. DearyLeary says:

    Listed at 6′ 190

    If it’s a deadline deal with Colorado missing the playoffs, nothing more than a 2nd rounder + a prospect, likely at the AHL level.

  157. ctony says:

    As an RFA, St. Louis would have received compensation if another team signed him (first and third round picks, I believe).  So, they had to pay more for him than for a UFA-rental.

  158. showey47 says:

    Really? PG traded the much smaller goalie and recieved two big (and will get bigger/stronger)forwards in return. 

  159. Corio says:

    Please hockey gods, not Kovalev! Anyone but Kovalev!

  160. rocketsglare says:

    Josh Gorges made an astute comment in Pat Hickey’s column about the team’s play and resulting success. He owed

    the team’s success not to individual performances, but to playing as a 5 man team, each player knowing his role and

    task. The concept of team discipline, structure, and accountability is something Kovalev IMO has never understood.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  161. Kaptain K says:

    Gomez and the playoff rioters for Kovy

  162. DavidKB says:

    The first time he makes a bone head move, Kovalev will have proven all the nay sayers right. I’d love to see him back, but… 

    Everyone needs to be a smart two way player for the team to have a chance. No liabilities. What can he guarantee?

  163. Fansincebirth says:

    Never, never, never. He brings an air of “I’ll play when I want” to his game, shows flashes of brilliance in between long, very long stretches of mediocre, lack of enthusiam for the game.

    Having never been to a game at the Bell Centre, I’ve never been able to isolate him on the ice. I have been to a few Sens games since he’s been here and having seen him play entire shifts/periods/games of circling near the blueline or floating around centre ice……glad he went.

    Buh bye, not sorry to see you go, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  164. kempie says:

    On any other Habs team that is struggling to find a top sixer for the playoffs, I’d take Kovy as a rental  for sure, but not on this team. Not even for free. He’d just tear down everything that’s been built up over the past 18 months. Not worth the occasional good (or spectacular) game and flowing locks. I like the idea of Penner more but what would we give up? I really can’t think of any combination of picks, prospects or roster players that I want to give up to acquire a player of that calibre. Maybe Lappy, Desharnais and a second? I doubt that would be enough. All our other assets are guys I’m not too crazy about parting with.

  165. ThirtyThree says:

    Kovy? Been there done that. This team needs to move forward. All they need now is in their own backyard.

    Unless the wheels fall off no trades till the deadline is nigh. As Axl said, …Just a little patience…myeah…yeah…

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    If we’re going to make a trade with Ottawa, why not help then with their rebuild and get Alfredsson for picks? If we’re planning on winning a Cup soon, we should be grabbing the best player available and not worry as much about picks because they’ll be at the lower end of the rounds.

  167. Bugs says:

    See, folks, this is what I’m talkin about:

    “He’d just tear down everything that’s been built up over the past 18 months.”

    I mean…what the hell? Where does this COME from?

    “Yeah, hi, my name’s Kovy. Screw all y’all. I don’t care about the team. All I care about is myself. I’m not buying into any stupid game-plan; I’m doing things my way. I don’t respect ANY of you. I’m the smartest and you’re all stupid so we do things my way and my way only and if it doesn’t work, it’s all y’all’s fault. Screw the team. Me, me, me!”

    Like that? That’s what he does and that’s what he’s gonna do if he comes back, right? That’s how you guys think, right?

    And the resta the team is gonna go “Ohhh nooo, what can we do? Oh, woe! Woe is us! We don’t know how to play hockey anymore because Kovy is here…boo-hoo. Ohhh! Our chemistry. Look, our chemistry is all weird now and that’s why we don’t know how to play hockey anymore…boo-hoo!”

    Right? That’s what’s gonna happen, right?

    (scoff!)

    Listen up, ladies. Love his style or hate it, the guy MAKES THINGS HAPPENS when it’s all on the line. Plus, he loves it here and we love him. End’o’story.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  168. Hagar says:

    Unless you’re landing something great for a good amount of term, you don’t wanna be handing over picks this year. Supposed to be one of the deepest drafts in years (or so I’ve heard). We need to get back to the business of building through the draft. Our record has been sketchy and we’re worse off because of it.

  169. PureGuava says:

    I say get him!

     

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  170. SeriousFan09 says:

    Alfredsson would likely cost a bit too much, he’s an institution in OTT and I don’t like the idea of ceding too many early-round picks.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  171. CHsam says:

    Bugs, I think you need to take a break from the next two games… go home, have a rest, and think about it.

    When you’re ready, give me a call, and we’ll go for a long walk.

  172. c.robillard says:

    I absolutely disagree. Been there, done that with Kovalev. The guy is on his way out of the NHL, we don’t need his style of player anymore. We don’t need a guy that’s fine with not giving 110% every night, because its a tough league.

    Kovy is old news.

    Let’s keep the team the way it is for another year, bring up Pacioretty next season.

    GO habs go.

  173. Vid says:

    Might as well trade someone to the Swiss league team for metropolit.

  174. andrewberkshire says:

    If we have a chance at a cup every year for the duration of Alfredsson’s contract, I would give up 2 first rounders and even a prospect to get him. There’s an exceedingly tiny chance that a pick will ever turn out anywhere near as good as Alfredsson, and in the NHL you have a very small window to win a cup when you have a competitive team. Ask the Senators. There are times where mortgaging the future is irresponsible, I don’t believe this to be one of those times.

    As for Ottawa demanding more, maybe they would, but I doubt it. 2 firsts is a heavy price, and Alfredsson is getting on in years. His salary off Melnyck’s books would be a boon for a very poor franchise.

  175. ProHabs says:

    Your insane to give up 2 first round draft picks for Alfredsson. I think you have been listening to too many Brian Burke interviews.

  176. PrimeTime says:

    Reason #148 why McGuire is not an NHL GM 

  177. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Nah, Kovy would lead by example. He’d be good for 12 goals, he’d dipsy doodle and not pass, and at this stage in his career, he would have more slapped wrists than great Boston series. That was a dramatic imagined monologue, but I see more of:

    “Oh shit, another game? Do I have to do this? Well yeah, I have to, but f*ck me, the season’s long.”

    That’s all. No cheap drama. Just disinterest and a tendency to mail it in on most nights.

    And so, I return the scoff. Kovy gave us a tempest in a teapot when we had no team to watch. He was occasionally entertaining, but he’s done like dinner. Pacioretty, who may not be ready yet, would be a better player with a lot more upside. And he’s an AHLer.

    The guy we need, who I think is still in the KHL, is Oleg Petrov. Now that would be roster reflux.

  178. kempie says:

    I’m just saying it’s not worth risking what we have in place now. He could help us for sure. But it could get ugly and, to me, it’s just not worth it. Pass, keep looking.

  179. Chucking in from T.O. says:

    Ch EJ

    No way. There should be no room on our team for a guy who only plays when he wants to play. Either show up for every game or go play somewhere else and there is no way he will show up every night. The Habs have spent a lot of years getting rid of dead wood. Why would they start adding it now.

    The only thing more inane than adding Kovy to a team that finally looks like a team is the goofy comments we hear about looking at Souray as a possible replacement for Markov. Do these so called experts not remember that he was a minus 20-something last time he was here dispite his 20+ goals. He could not play defence then and he certainly can’t play defence now (even the lowly Oilers realize that- that’s why he is in the minors!).

    Just keep adding young guys with an upside. Pouliot, Ellers, Subban and Weber have a ton of talent. Develop them properly and sit back and enjoy.

  180. weightman25 says:

    penner is even lazier then kovy

  181. Bugs says:

    No one in the NHL gives 110%, Robi. Ok? That’s first of all.

    Second of all, what are you, a televisual psychologist or something, someone who can aptly judge what professional athlete gives how much effort? That having just 4pts less than Alfie and being second on his team in scoring is your assessment of a professional athlete who’s doggin it?

    We’re not talkin about next year, Robi, we’re talkin about THIS year. Who gives a dang about next year? Bring the Pac-Man, bring up Schultz, bring up the friggin Easter Bunny, who cares? Talkin about THIS year, man. We want that Cup or not? Need a top line scorer if we do. We got talent. Now, we go for talent overkill.

    He’s got two less pts than Gionta and he’s playin on a crap team, Robi, soooo, he ain’t done yet, I reckon. 

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  182. egold says:

    Kovalev to Montreal would be quite the shrewd acquisition.  I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t one of the fans pickiting outside the Bell Centre to have him resigned…  Kovy’s indecision led us to sign our eventual captain, which is the best thing that could have happened to this team.

     

    That being said, such a deal just begs to get done.  It makes sense on so many levels:  Montreal’s need for a top 6 forward, Ottawa not going anywhere – Kovalev’s undeniable affection for Montreal (still to this day!).  While his stats aren’t what they once were a few years back, he is playing healthy and could certainly be rejuvinated with a homecoming of sorts. 

     

    Will it ruin our team chemistry?  Maybe, but that’s the risk you sometimes have to take.  Kovalev wasn’t a team cancer like many people seem to imply he was.  At times the effort wasn’t there (which is never a good thing), but no one can deny the proud he portrayed wearing the CH.  Bring him back to a very close knit team, play him on a line with lets say Gomez and Cammalleri, and we’re taking about a very potent trio where not all the attention will be on him to produce – hopefully sparking the other guys as well.

     

    Kovalev’s a UFA at season’s end, so there’s little long term salary cap risk which nowadays I believe is the most important factor to consider.  Dustin Penner is locked up long term, Kovalev isn’t.  For me the decision is easy.  And no doubt a return would make for some interesting drama/stories here in MTL!

  183. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two 1sts are too high a price for me, Alfredsson is 37 and is had a very long, hard career keeping up the Senators on top for many years and now trying to prop them up now that they’re fading. I know the speculative value of two 1sts doesn’t seem like much for Alfredsson but he’s 37, has over 1000GP and is 5 million on the cap with an over-35 contract, that is a lot of negatives if Alfredsson really declines, too much cash wrapped up in elder players not performing.

    I know our 1st-round record is bad but it’s never going to get better if we toss them away either, giving up a 1st on Tanguay cost the Habs a chance at drafting Tyler Ennis and John Carlson.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  184. Bugs says:

    And on my return: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xLOugQwzKE

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  185. SeriousFan09 says:

    Replace Alfredsson with Iginla and I’d be ready to deal two firsts, that would be a Cup Parade.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  186. sg81 says:

    Some of these posts are laughable. Kovalev is in the last yeart of his contract  The fact is that although Kovy often had a lackadaisical regular season attitude, he always showed up when it mattered. And that is what we need: a playoff performer to put us over the edge, not someone to carry us to the playoffs.Kovy was a huge bargain as he always performed like a player worth far more than his salary for the playoffs. We have 22m worth of players we can get. nobody will give up a 1st for kovy which means we could probably get him for a 2nd. and i guarantee you he would come here with pride wanting to win the cup. and hes FA after the season. you’d have to be a fool not to want him on this habs team.

  187. Say Ash says:

    having done this,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDpCgdciMK4

    he’s welcome back any time

  188. Bugs says:

    “It could get ugly”???

    Like what? A fight? A toe-to-toe slobber-knocker with uhh, Gorges let’s say? Or maybe talkin crap about guys behind their backs? Starting a conspiracy against the coach to bring him down? Or just to generally cause strife for the fun of it?

    Something like that, you mean?

    Huh, maybe. Maybe that could happen. But I don’t think so. In fact, I think that if that’s what you’re worried about, you can stop worrying.

    Cuz I think he’ll just do what he’s bein doin since he was 8-yrs-old and play hockey. I think he’ll just play hockey to the best of his abilities til the end of his contract and for the sake of winning it all for the city he knows that loves him. But that’s just my opinion of course.

    Maybe he IS out to destroy everything that’s beautiful in this world and he hates bunnies and all he wants to do is…hurt…bunnies; what do I know?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  189. kempie says:

    2 firsts sounds pretty steep and, to be honest, I thought you were nuts when I first read that. But reading what you added below, that is that if it means we seriously contend for the duration of his stay, combined with the fact that the Habs look like they’ll be picking pretty late for a few years, it could be a good move. I think the initial shock of your proposal has a lot to do with the Kessel trade but MTL first rounders aren’t as valuable as TOR firsts. So I would likely make this deal. But like SF said, I’d feel better if it was for Iginla.

  190. Bugs says:

    With commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khywEqMgtUI

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  191. JD_ says:

    The irony is that everythin’ you’ve written, even if to an extreme, is precisely the reason why PG would never contemplate, let alone entertain, the thought of bringin’ Kovy back.

    It’s a theoretical discussion that has absolutely no hope of fruition.

    Why, if it somehow comes to pass, I’ll head out and buy Jack T. a sorely missin’ bag o’ integrity for Xmas, not that he’d know what to do with it.

  192. Chorske says:

    In many ways, Iginla has more obvious upside. Younger, tougher, plays for a struggling western team. But I can’t see Calgary dropping him, having just picked up Tanguay specifically to boost his production. I can see them giving up almost anyone but Iggy.

    On the other hand, Alfie would fit in better with the Habs’ two way system, I think his stats are more consistent (less crazy flux in his points and +/-). His career +- is pretty sick… +149… which speaks to his responsible play. Plus: he’s probably REALLY sick of Kovalev by now.

    That said, I don’t think either player will be up for grabs come February. But I would love to have EITHER of them on the Habs heading into the playoffs.

  193. since1988 says:

    29 points in 27 games why not?! lol

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=21572

     

    “When people agree with me i always feel that i must be wrong” – Oscar Wilde

  194. JD_ says:

    Disagree.

    Havin’ said that, is that David Koechner of SNL fame and, if so, where did you take the picture?

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    Alfredsson is more the two-way player but I say if we’re addressing needs and dealing a lot for it, Iginla is the better choice to go with. He’s younger, powerful and a leader. If we were in it with Philly, he’d drop the gloves with a Flyer and hand the guy his lunch. He’s scored 50G twice and never had a center that was above 2nd-line quality.

    I think Iginla is sooner or later going to force CGY to deal him and he has to want to finally make another run at the Cup, I think he’s playing so well now just to sell himself to people who might bid for his services. If Habs have to give up a lot for their final playoff piece, Iginla is the guy I’d be cool with, gives them the power forward they are missing to go head to head with any team out there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  196. andrewberkshire says:

    I disagree Robert. Iginla may be younger, but he’s WAY higher risk than Alfredsson. For starters, watching the two of them play, Iginla is in obvious decline physically whereas Alfredsson has been able to adjust his game and keep consistent in his older years. Secondly, Iginla isn’t as good defensively as Alfredsson. Third, Alfredsson’s cap hit is egregiously low for the next 3 years (including this one) so I don’t see any risk at all of him being on an over 35 contract. Even with Markov out, acquiring Iginla would eat up every bit of our cap space. Alfredsson would leave us some room to move around.

  197. andrewberkshire says:

    Personally I’d rather Alfredsson for a myriad of reasons, more consistent, not in obvious physical decline like Iginla is despite being older, Alfredsson is way better defensively, and he’s cheaper than Iginla by a big chunk.

    That said, I think either of them would mesh well with the current team and I’d love to have them, and we definitely won’t get either of them.

  198. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think leaving CGY would reinvigorate Iginla though, he has to be displeased with how he’s been treated by CGY, surrounding him with weaker and weaker rosters as years go by. He’s still quite tough, his contract isn’t crazy in cost/length (7 million is high but the Cap is going up by 2-3 next year). Playing on a team going the right way in a solid atmosphere would be a huge breath of fresh air for him. I know it’s a cap crunch but he is who the Habs need to make a solid, SCF appearance and compete in it, he easily has 3 good years left in him if he knows he’s playing for the Cup and not to keep Saddledome loaded with Season Ticket holders.

    I don’t like the idea of another over-35 contract, 37 is still 37 and 4.875 is quite a bit if his body suddenly gives out and the Habs are stuck with that contract. How fast did Brind’Amour decline from team captain and key player for CAR to a guy who had to retire? We already have a lot of good two-way players, we need a forward who will win the board battles, drop the gloves and win while scoring 30-40 goals.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  199. Laramy87 says:

    Pleks is a much improved player from two years ago when Kovy was on the team, AK is player great this year. I would like to see Kovy back:

    Kovy – Pleks – AK

    Gio – Gomer-Cammy

    I love when Martin puts those 3 togethere because they play so well together.

    Well i doubt it happens, but it would be nice to see i think

  200. egold says:

    Todd Packer – The Office

    Don’t be hatin’ on Kovy!

  201. JD_ says:

    It’s not hate. It’s business.

  202. ds says:

    Kovalev would be a good acquisition the only issue I have is that he should be kept separate from Cam since they both suck defensively.  For a top 6 role, Kovy is the man.  I bet he & Eller could make some magic.

     

    I would much prefer Iginla though he is exactly what MTL needs.  Superstar, scorer, point getter, had leadership roles for years, olympic gold medalist etc.  He might be slowing down but he’s still a step and a half ahead fo the rest.

  203. j2w4habs25 says:

    Kovy – aha no way, this team is doing good the way it is.

  204. HotHabs says:

    Kovy? Please NO.  Having him and Gomez would be torture!!!

     

    Penner… that’s sounds more interesting

  205. rocketsglare says:

    Seen that disaster movie before and it bombed. Kovalev IMO would struggle in JM’s defense first system where

    team discipline, structure, and accountability have made this team the 3rd best in the Eastern Conference. Now

    you want to add a notorious floater to a team that is finally playing a winning system that is based on hard work

    and team play? No thank you.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  206. Da Hema says:

    Pierre McGuire floated this idea? Consider the source. His idea “floats” in something alright….

    ————————

    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  207. Wayne says:

    Touching movie indeed. My fave parts? Gracefull crescendo, left arm follow through, subsequent whiplash. Brings a tear to my eye every time I see it… tears of uncontrollable laughter, that is.

  208. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Funny how everyone is talking about Kovy not giving 100% EVERY night. Like I am sure all players do EVERY game.

    If that is the case, why do our players come out and say things like, “We weren’t ready” or “We sat back”…does that sound like giving it 100% EVERY night? Please, he is not a long term commitment, has beaucoup upside. He is a scoring winger (something Moen is NOT).

  209. volcano62 says:

    In an instant I would approve Pacioretty, Desharnais, (Markov, Subban or Webber) for Kovalev and a 3rd round pick.

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mcguire is a clown, this is only adds to the mountain of evidence. Penner’s held back by his own work ethic and we don’t need that on the Habs.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  211. hab_skill says:

    NO! No Kovalev Please

  212. secretdragonfly says:

    Penner yes, Kovy no.

  213. Propwash says:

    +1

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  214. Keith says:

     I would choose Penner over Kovalev.

  215. Bugs says:

    No-brainer. Big yes.

    Penner good back-up plan.

    Kovy-Gomie-Cammy?

    Yeah, I think that could work.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  216. Shiloh says:

    I would love to see L’Artiste back – he could be lethal on a good line and on the power play.

  217. lavie says:

    What McGuire says YES to Habs initially means NO.

  218. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think Mcguire wants the Habs to take him back just so he can make fun of them some more and pump his own inflated ego about how “he wouldn’t have brought him back and it’s a mistake”.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  219. Fred D says:

    Must be a really slow day when I see people talking about moving PK.

    We are finally building from within in the old CH way. We have the horses for the distance.

    With a little tweaking after Christmas and,finally, some good luck in the injury department,we are in good shape.

    Watch when Scott Gomez starts popping a few. Better to not be too hot just yet and burn out in February! This team is better than we have seen in a long while.

  220. HardHabits says:

    I suggested Kovalev a few weeks back. A what if the Sens are out of the play-offs scenario. Some said yes, most thought I was nuts. Penner would be amazing. The real question is what do the Habs give up for Kovalev. I said a 2nd round draft pick.

    What abiut Dustin Penner, what would he fetch? Methinks the Habs would have to give up a lot to swing that deal. Too much perhaps.

  221. 24 Cups says:

    201.  Damn it.  He was right.

  222. punkster says:

    Hey Steve. Off night for the Wings or maybe we should play Auld there? ;)

  223. davecessna says:

    You gotta feel for NHL teams from Ontario right now.

     

    Also, as far as bringing Kovalev back…. cool story, bro.

  224. twocents says:

    Andrew, if you are around, in the last thread you wondered what Gainey did to Todd to make hime hate him so much.

    Early on when Gainey came to Montreal, he came to the defnce of Patrice Brisebois, who was in his original stint in Montreal at the time, and was being booed at the Bell Centre. Todd had been ragging on Brisebois mercilessly for years at the time.  Gainey took Todd to task for being an instigator of the “gutless” Brisebois boo-birds. 

  225. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh riiiiiiiight! Well if he’s still pissed about that, Gainey was right to do it. What a bitter fool. I always thought Gainey doing that for Breezer was one of the most standup things he’s done as a GM.

  226. terrygain says:

    With the exception of MAB, Breeze-by is the worst defenceman to wear the Tricolor in the last 57 years.

  227. havok says:

    wow…really…i mean, really? Kovy? the best we could do with our money…..?

  228. Hagar says:

    Hmmm. Maybe add a quality D. What do you wanna give up for a rental?

  229. Fred D says:

    1 min left to go–San Jose over Detroit 5-2  Heatley’s got 2

    Thats the same San Jose we just beat, BTW.

  230. twocents says:

    I wouldn’t take Kovy back if he was free, he is the antithesis of what this team is about now.

  231. Number31 says:

    Dustin Penner stands for “big and lazy”. No thanks.

    Double no thanks for Kovy. Maybe if he didn’t blow out his knee and look like he needs to skate with a walker…….. But he’s not going to magically return to the smooth-skating Kovy we used to know. He’s not the same player he was when he played here.

  232. Bugs says:

    Screw the unbelievers. Screw those who forget his 84 pts, his leading this team to 1st in the East, and his Presence when it was all on the line; screw’em.

    Kovy BELONGS here. Doesn’t matter what the hand-to-forehead-woe-is-me folk go on cryin about, if there’s a chance to get him, he’s got.

    This ridiculous notion that his arrival will somehow cause the rest if the team to not be good anymore is just…I mean..c’mon.

    Moen or KOVY on the 2nd? Huh? Honestly.

    C’mon.

    Stop crying. Doesn’t matter what any of us say, the guy’s a PROVEN Mensch when it’s ALL ON THE LINE. Enough. If he can be got, we’ll get’m.

    And that’s it.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  233. twocents says:

    Crying is what you did when he and his agent miscalculated and punched his ticket outta town. ;o)

  234. CHsam says:

    Kovy returns. Who’s going to play with him? Gomez ? and Gionta ? Or will it be deja vu again with AK and Pleks ? Those two guys were at Kovy’s mercy on the ice, waiting for him to dish the puck and not be a hog.

    This team needs someone who buys into the team game and system, and not the other way around.

  235. terrygain says:

    I  would love to see Kovy back in a Habs uniform, but only if he’s playing on the second line with Gomez and Cammy.  Since  you know who  might play him on the 4th line, I say we make it a 2 for one: Martin for Kovy and Clouston.   

     

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  236. habsguy says:

    Was it all on the line when he was tapped on the wrist,  skated away with his glove off,  while (whoever it was ) skated in on a 2 on 1 to win the game for (whoever it was)…that is one of my Kovy highlights!!!!

  237. RiverviewCanadien says:

    That was one of your best Bugs, I’m on board.

    Really, Kovy playing 2nd line or Moen? I guess, surely a Kovy at less than 100% (I still don’t buy the whole lazy crap argument) scores more than Moen at 100%.

    I imagine though, he would just come in and demand first dibs on the ironing board, while on the road, for his fashionable wardrobe, setting off a cataclysmic chain of events, messing up the entire team (incl. the Bulldogs), falling only short of tearing a hole in the fabric of time.

    Oh wait I just described one of his patented goals, you know, the ones he would score from the half boards while on a PP, shooting at a space smaller than the puck, while fending off fire breathing dragons (I swear that happened). Like splitting atoms he was.

    Ahhh those were good ‘ol days. If it can be done, within reason…You would not hesitate on this move.

  238. CHsam says:

    I have a feeling that when Todd walks into a bar, people’s eyes glaze over and they try to turn their backs to him.

  239. Bugs says:

    I may have shed a tear that day but it was nothing to the bawlin I got down to the night he blasted that rocket to tie Game 1 vs Philly few years back.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  240. twocents says:

    That whole season was a magical one for him and the team, I’m not taking that away from him or you. But the rest of his time here was either not very good or was marked by distraction.

    Not to mention he wasn’t especially menschy in the critical games 2,3 and 4 against Philly.

  241. Bugs says:

    We dominated Philly every game except the last one. Only one who didn’t show was the Priceberg, who melted like I’ve never seen a goalie melt. If Carey had stopped just HALF the bananas he let in that series, we woulda won it. Kovy got 11 pts in 12 games; he brought it. Please do not suggest he didn’t.

    The rest of his time with us, apart from his…ahem…not-great, 47-pt season, he led the team in pts every year, didn’t he?

    The guy is a game-breaker. Gettin’m back for, what, 25-40 games, for next-to-nothing in return is something that should very much be considered.

    I want someone who can concievably do better than Poolio on the 2nd line, (which is why I snap when I hear Pacioretty’s name or some other clown halfway across the league who would be great on our 2nd yet has less pts than my boy). I want someone better than Poolio to take his spot, stands to reason, a proven playmaker/scorer/producer.

    Kovy fits that bill.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  242. SeriousFan09 says:

    Martin Biron says he still feels a little pain in his chest to this day, from all the pucks we fired directly at it during that series.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  243. Bugs says:

    The good news is that we fired the puck at the posts so many times that series that we widened the nets a little; got us more goals down the line.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  244. twocents says:

    Ah Bugs, we’ve been down this road before. We just don’t see him the same way. I respect your opinion on him. I just don’t share it. Besides he’s going to be 38 this year, his star is fading, he isn’t even the player he was when he was last here.

    (btw, in games 3,4 and 5 against Philly in ’08, Kovy had one point and was -4)

    But, like I said, I respect your opinion, just don’t share it.

  245. Bugs says:

    12 games. 11 pts, Deuce.

    If you’re just gonna take a 3-game slice to judge a guy, I invite you to use Crosby as your next example in a 3-game slice against us last spring. Unless you wouldn’t take HIM on the club of course…

    Thank you for respecting my opinion, but I don’t respect your opinion, Deuce. You see, it’s wrong, and as a friend, I would feel bad letting you continue holding onto and expressing this erroneous opinion of yours, and so, as that friend, it becomes my duty to SHOW you how spectacularly wrong you are and how unequivocally right I am.

    Yes, his star is fading, but we’re just talkin 25-40 games here, and with his motivation heading INTO the trade ADDED to the motivation of the playoffs, right there, that accounts for HALF the number of games he plays with us that he will DOMINATE. If he DOMINATES half the games he plays with us, we’re goin places. That’s just simple math.

    At ANY given moment, the Artiste CAN be “the player he was when he was last here.” He still has the magic. In Mtl, he has motivation, ESPECIALLY with the limited amount of games he has left on his contract.

    And that’s better than Moen any day of the week. He’ll be dirt-cheap. It’d be a good deal.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  246. Bugs says:

    That’s the way I see it too, Terry.

    Kovy-Gomie-Cammy

    Think these guys together could get down to the biness of gettin down, knowumsayin? Think their egos would mesh quite nicely imo.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  247. terrygain says:

    Actually Bugs, you don’t see anything. You think it’s all about you. And in your mind, it is.

  248. Bugs says:

    Why, thank you, Terry.

    I can’t help but agree with you that I’m terrific.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  249. weightman25 says:

    if thats the line whos gonna get the puck out of the offensive corners???

  250. Bugs says:

    AK-Plek-Gio

    AK27-Gomie-Cammy

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  251. Bugs says:

    Yeah, I remember that. Souray called’m out after the game. Gave’m hell in the media. He was right. Kovy thought so too.

    That’s why he took over completely after that and won the series by himself. Boston never touched the puck again. Total Kovy-fest, ‘member?

    Yes, one of my favourite highlights too.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  252. terrygain says:

    Spoken like someone who has never been tapped on the wrist.

  253. habsguy says:

    Key word “tapped”

  254. Chris F says:

    You have to think we need a top notch D man to go far in the playoffs. We need a big, strong force back there. You have to look at the teams who wil be out of the playoffs. Edm, Cal, NYI, Ott possibly. I think the quickest way to turn the Habs into a real favorite to go far is to land this top end D at the deadline. I really hope Gauthier has it in him. We picked up Moore last year and he was extremely effective. I realise we need a top six forward, some nights in the worst kind of way, but if you put another top four D man on this team, someone who can clear the front of the net, shoot the puck on the powerplay, and stand up to the forwards on Philly, we will go far, I truly believe it.

    Montreal has history with Dallas. Richards seems like a very long shot, NY are going hard at him, Dallas is going to want alot in return. And besides, a center would be great, but we need a big strong winger who can score.

    Go Habs.

  255. habs63 says:

    No, to both. We’re winning.

  256. Timo says:

    I don’t know. I liked Kovalev, but at this point I think SD is right… it makes sense if we get rid of Gomez, otherwise, he is not going to add a lot more than Gomer. And I think Penner will never pan out as a bonafide power forward. And I think Habs need a couple of bruisers on the team… we have enough fancy goal scorers (if you believe it)

  257. nickster13 says:

    Penner is a loser! dont trade for players like him, they come from bad teams for a reason, they cant play team defence and dont show up when it counts

  258. DearyLeary says:

    This will be at least the third time I float this. 

    With Chris Stewart hurt, and Colorado not in a playoff position at the moment, there is the possibility they miss the playoffs.  If they’re not in a playoff slot come playoff time: Milan Hejduk, top 20 scorer in the NHL (edit: hell, he’s top 10 right now), 3 mil cap hit, UFA next year, Stanley Cup winning experience, natural right winger.  If that isn’t our ideal rental, I don’t know who is.

    I’m not PG, but if I were, I’d be having preliminary talks to see what it’d take to get him for a playoff run.

  259. BC HAB says:

    I bet Ecklund knows exactly who we are gonna pick up. LOL.

  260. habsfan_61 says:

    kovy no way. he’s past his prime. penner, maybe, it depends on what assets edm wants in return.

  261. Chorske says:

    Hey, Berkshire said he’d go after Penner in a thread, like, a month ago. Maybe he and Villeneuve are secret besties?

    I’d post more but I have to go to the bathroom to purge myself from all this Kovalev talk. BLEAGH. BLEAGGGH

  262. Chorske says:

    Awful, horrible, HORRIBLE idea.

  263. Foppa says:

    Exactly and Pierre wonders why he will never be a GM or Coach in the NHL.

  264. DearyLeary says:

    Ok, now I’m up to 5.  Milan Hejduk, top 10 in league scoring, 3 mil cap hit, UFA next year, natural right winger, Stanley Cup winning experience.  

    Come on folks, it’s not rocket science, if the Avalanche are going to miss the playoffs Hejduk should be the #1 priority on deadline day.

  265. WestHab says:

    yup I’ve always liked the ugly son of a….. would be a good fit.

  266. LA Loyalist says:

    1. How much do you think Hejduk will go for?

    2. How tall is he. PG wants to know. He has issues with tall-osity.

  267. petefleet says:

    It would be great to have Kovy back for the rest of the season. 

    Speaking of sick talent.  Crosby just receivd a pass behind him by using his skate to kick it up to his stick.  He then did a cross ice pass to Kunitz and et la but.  Absolutle talent.

    ”’Price is a pleasant suprise”’

  268. Hagar says:

    he’s definitely living up to his billing as the “greatest hockey player on planet earth.” I’m just wondering if Ovie still has it in him to compete with him. He’s been staring up his ass this season, despite havin 2 years seniority on Sid the Kid. Maybe he’s given up.

  269. Clay4bc says:

    You hooked me in with the “dragons” argument.

    Damn if I hadn’t forgotten about the dragons. I’m in.

    Although Bugs also had me with the “Kovy or Moen on the 2nd” argument.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  270. larisalapointe says:

    OK speaking of Kovy, our team plays Sens again tomorrow. Is anybody else sick of them? Bring on the Rangers already.

  271. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Best idea since benching PK, and I mean that. I would love to see Kovy back in the CH.

    But at this point, I would do nothing, the team is winning games.

  272. Castor says:

    Alex Kovalev

    7 goals

    7 assists

    14 points

     

    Brian Gionta

    8 goals

    8 assists

    16 points

     

    Michael Cammalleri

    8 goals

    10 assists

    18 points.

     

    Not a huge difference.

     

    I’m only saying. Our ‘big’ guys aren’t exactly tearing it up any better than Kovy.

         
  273. WestHab says:

    the difference any day is that Gio and Cammy work and support the rest of the squad even when they don’t gets points. These guys don’t need dates with the GM.

  274. DearyLeary says:

    Kovy -6

    Gionta +2

    Cammalleri +7

     

    There’s your difference.

  275. drivefor25 says:

    Not worth disrupting the team chemistry by bringing back Kovalev. He floats too much and would set a bad example for the younger players. I’d go after Hejduk, not Kovy, at the trade deadline.

     

     

    Fan since ’71

  276. solomio says:

    Subban should demand to be traded.

  277. joeybarrie says:

    WHY????

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  278. MTLForever says:

    that’s just idiotic.

  279. John Cobb JR says:

    Let’s be patient till deadline day. Our group is doing great right now. Speaking of deadline day, I want some exciting deals! The last two years have been snooze fests

  280. WestHab says:

    snooze fest on deadline day = 3rd place in the east.

  281. BKAK72 says:

    AK27 is one of those guys that at 37 yrs of age is added to a roster as a “nice to have” for a cup drive.

    He can certainly make the PP interesting…

    I would rather see a solid point shot from the blue line though.  We are missing that now.  A “great” power play is when you have a play-maker feeding one of two snipers (at the circle and the blue line).  This keeps the PK guessing.

    remember before:  Koivu to Ryder + Sourray, or Pleks to Kovalev + Sourray

    more recently:  Pleks to Cammi + MAB

    AK27 in FEB = smart pick-up for a Cup drive.  Otherwise better to find that d-man or high-rifle LW to play the blueline on the PP.

    – I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  282. SeriousFan09 says:

    The man with a PP bomb and no D philosophy I think is dead in MTL and as HH pointed out, it’s for the better. Too often have the Habs carried a liability on the back end who couldn’t handle his D zone work and left the team exposed far too often at ES.

    Weber and Subban have potent shots, Subban just needs to work out his tendency to go for for the swooping slapshot each time and Weber just needs some chances.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  283. Castor says:

    Agreed. Unfortunately. (also with the post above)

    Also I think that Cammy and Gio are just starting slow whereas with Kovy… he’s on pace.

  284. Malreg says:

    The fact that Mcguire suggested this goes to show how wonderful of an idea this is.


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