Alex Kovalev signs with rival Senators
According to TSN, the Ottawa Senators have signed forward Alex Kovalev to a two year deal worth $10M. TSN says in part:
A day after some fans held a rally to keep Alex Kovalev in Montreal, the forward's tumultuous tenure in La Belle Province has come to an end as the enigmatic sniper has signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.
One of the most skilled players in the league, the Togliatti, Russia native is also one of the most unpredictable. He can look spectacular one night, controlling the play, while completely disappearing for long stretches at a time.
The Kovalev signing comes at a time where the Senators are struggling to move forward Dany Heatly, who requested a trade last week, and twice wouldn't lift his no-movement clause to go to the Edmonton Oilers.
In 1151 career games, Kovalev has 394 and 547 asssists and twice played in the NHL All-Star game, being named the game's MVP this past year in Montreal.
So Kovy's in Ottawa, Komi's in the big smoke, Steve Begin is in Boston next up, expect Koivu to join buddy Craig Rivet in Buffalo and take Alex Tanguay with him.
Northeastern Division games will not be dull this season!
Now as for Kovalev patrolling the right flank alongside Jason Spezza, it should be interesting. Will Spezza get the puck much? Will Kovalev gel with the elusive non checker, and pot 35 to 40 goals? Will Kovalev find his way into coach Cory Clouston's doghouse faster than Sens fans can say "we miss Heatley?"
With this development, it looks as though Ottawa could just dump Heatley to any taker. They better hope for one. By adding Kovalev, Ottawa's cap space is now a mere $2K - according to NHL Numbers - enough to sign a part time waterboy!