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Quick hits: Alex Kovalev would love to return to Montreal

Jun 13, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

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Here are three interesting little tidbits from around the NHL that aren’t quite fit for a full post.

  • Montreal columnist Dave Stubbs apparently had a lengthy discussion with Alex Kovalev, who said that he’d “love” to play with the Montreal Canadiens again. Of course, Stubbs was also quick to point out what most of us probably feel: the Habs likely wouldn’t have the same interest. That being said, Kovalev is a classic example of a Russian player who generated a rather ridiculous amount of heat. For all the talk of him being “enigmatic”/not caring, the guy has 1,024 points in his NHL career. Some wouldn’t mind watching a Kovalev retirement tour and his most recent successes came in Montreal.
  • Sure, the Calgary Flames’ run to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals was powered most by Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, but many of us also associate it with lifetime-best work from smaller guys such as Martin Gelinas. The Calgary Sun reports that the Flames are likely to hire him as an assistant coach. Gelinas would join another assistant (Jacques Cloutier) and goalie coach (Clint Malarchuk) as Bob Hartley’s coaching staff.

(Gelinas totally scored a goal in Game 6, am I right?)

  • Adrian Dater reports that the Colorado Avalanche are likely to cut ties with depth center Jay McClement. As Dater points out, McClement won’t fill the box scores, yet his solid defense and faceoff skills should draw interest from another team.
  1. stakex - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    *sigh* You know, back when the Rangers won the cup Kovalev was my favorite player. He has the best hands I’ve ever seen, and enough skill to have been one of the all time greats. Its a real shame to see that his career never hit a higher level then it did.

    With that said, consider me as one of the people who would love to see him back in the NHL. It won’t happen though.

    • James O'Brien - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      I think people were just a little hard on the guy. Almost seems like his skills were used against him.

  2. sfbookreviews - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Alexei, I loved you the first time you played in Pittsburgh. It was a thing of beauty. But I also saw you play the second time. It’s time to hang them up, or see if some team in Russia is willing to throw mad money at you. I take no joy in saying it, but AK27 and the NHL are no longer compatable. Move on, Kovy.

    And thanks for the wonderful memories.

  3. duluthbuttonhut - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    That evokes painful memories. I still remember screaming at the TV for a replay the second the puck was in (and it was in), and then the disappointment when play wasn’t stopped, knowing that it could now not be reviewed. That goal would have been the clincher (had Tampa gone on to score their 3rd period goal), giving Gelinas the game winner in each of the four series wins. An incredible playoff drive by the (then) grizzled veteran.

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