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[Signing] Kovalchuk signs with Montreal


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4 minutes ago, xereau said:

It's like volunteering to get cancer. Kovalchuk is walking, talking, skating hot garbage both on, and off the ice. Especially off.

He has had a leadership role on 11 NHL/KHL teams as well as wearing a letter for Russia the last decade. LA seems to be the cancer. He seems like a guy who doesnt like to lose.  

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3 hours ago, AriGold2.0 said:

I just assumed he would go to a team with at least 1 Russian but I don't think MTL has any ?!?! I would have bet $5 he would have signed with PIT, WSH or TBL

Yeah. I think these guys love the limelight of hockey there. Markov and Kovalev seemed at home there.

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18 minutes ago, Davathor said:

 

I don't know that we have the sweeteners to add to get rid of Sven "thought I belonged in the NHL" Baertchi 

I think a playoff or playoff bubble team that needs depth scoring and or has injuries nearing the trade deadline may just take him on. 

 

It won't cost them anything other than salary basically.  He only has 1 year left after this year.  Although his Cap hit next year will be $3.36 Million his actual salary will only be $2.4 Million.  It is possible but more likely at the deadline if he is healthy. 

 

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11 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

so zero risk zero reward is OK now in Montreal? 

They’re missing 3 of their top 6 players. If Kovalchuk can come in and be productive at $750k with no further commitment past this season I’d say that’s no risk and potentially good reward.  

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1 minute ago, qwijibo said:

They’re missing 3 of their top 6 players. If Kovalchuk can come in and be productive at $750k with no further commitment past this season I’d say that’s no risk and potentially good reward.  

unless it messes up a line further, causes angst in the room, etc. Guys done. Its not like he's still got speed or is a physical player, he'll need to be slotted into some prime minutes to put up numbers. Seems like a desperation move to me. 

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Honestly, that's a pretty savvy move. If he wants to play in the NHL next season he's got everything to prove right now. There's zero risk for Montreal here. 

 

Without the expectations that come with a 6m+ salary I imagine Montreal will be content with what he brings. 

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8 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

unless it messes up a line further, causes angst in the room, etc. Guys done. Its not like he's still got speed or is a physical player, he'll need to be slotted into some prime minutes to put up numbers. Seems like a desperation move to me. 

Two way though?  If he causes problems bury him in the minors?

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9 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

unless it messes up a line further, causes angst in the room, etc. Guys done. Its not like he's still got speed or is a physical player, he'll need to be slotted into some prime minutes to put up numbers. Seems like a desperation move to me. 

They have the room in the top 6 right now. They are somewhat desperate. So what. It’s costing them nothing to slot him in. I’d rather they give him a shot than Dale Weise 

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50 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

unless it messes up a line further, causes angst in the room, etc. Guys done. Its not like he's still got speed or is a physical player, he'll need to be slotted into some prime minutes to put up numbers. Seems like a desperation move to me. 

He can still do some damage in a powerplay specialist role, two years ago he scored 30 goals in 50 KHL games. The guy has scored over 430 NHL goals.  

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2 hours ago, qwijibo said:

Montreal is dealing with a rash of injuries. This is literally a zero risk signing. 

There is definitely a risk in bringing in a sour PoS trouble maker.

 

Kovalchuk is a bad influence especially on a younger building team like the Habs.

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Wow for league min and a 2 way contract? How can anyone say this is bad?!?!?

 

If he just scores 10 goals, this contract is a success. Benning, where the hell were you on this? :picard:

 

If Green has issues with his defensive play then he can use him mostly on the PP. 

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