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.


  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:


    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.


  20. BC HAB says:


    -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.


    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.

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