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[PTO] Alex Kovalev with Panthers


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#1 -Vintage Canuck-

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

@SportsCentre: REPORT: Kovalev to attend training camp with Panthers. http://t.co/8Zsv5siq #TSN #NHL

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

Woah! So many new contracts flying about. You can tell hockey is back!

I don't think Kovalev still has it, but the Panthers aren't exactly deep on the wing. If he's ok to play a 3rd line wing spot it might work out.

The real question is, if he does impress on a PTO, will an NHL offer be competitive or higher than a KHL one?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Wow. Interesting move.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

At 40, after not playing this year due to a knee injury (apart from a short stint in the Swiss league I think), it's risky. He has talent but is getting old and motivation has always been the issue. Perhaps he's motivated to enjoy the sun in Florida.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

Downgrade from Sturm, but then again, most players are.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

better start shining up the con smythe

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I don't understand, how can you hand out PTO's if there's no CBA in place yet?

I guess you can verabally agree to contracts but you can't sign them yet?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

I guess teams can talk to players now, just they can't do anything official, so they'd just let Kovalev (or anyone else in the same boat) they'd like him to come to camp.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:55 AM

While Kovalev gets ragged on for his "disinterested" plays at time, he is a proven playoff performer. Plus, he did help carry the Habs team a while back.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

The real question is, if he does impress on a PTO, will an NHL offer be competitive or higher than a KHL one?


I can't imagine any scenario in which the NHL would pay him more than the KHL.

The OTHER real question is, does he want a paycheck, or does he want to play with the world's best players?
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

I've always had an unwarranted soft spot for Kovy.

For some reason just loved watching when he 'decided' he wanted to try and lighting it up so easily..

Last NHL season for him (2010-2011) he had 34 points in 74 games. That's not bad for a guy on a PTO who has a pretty big resume.. However, the risk is that he has played hardly any hockey in the last two years. Last year he played only 20ish games in the KHL and this year he played in a Swiss league that is THIRD division in Switzerland, so the competition wouldn't be all that hard.

Anyway, I wish him the best and if he's ever had to prove himself, it would be on a PTO with the Cats.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

I would have offered him a PTO. He could add some nifty passing that aids our secondary scoring. Heck, he'd be very interesting on the PP with the Twins???

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In the old CBA, where his salary would not count in the minors, I would have offered him a contract. We could even poach him if Lou tells us he looks good at camp, LOL.

I bet he plays NHL this year if he wants.




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