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Kovalev still eyeing NHL return

Aug 16, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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Former NHL star Alex Kovalev is hoping to parlay an awful season in the KHL into a return to North America.

Kovalev says he’s had offers from teams (presumably NHL ones) to attend training camp (whenever those might occur).

The 39-year-old forward had one goal and five assists in 22 games with Moscow Oblast Atlant in 2011-12.

Kovalev said in June (after he’d been released by the KHL club) that he’d like to return to the Montreal Canadiens.

He also said he never should’ve left the Habs.

“I’m working hard, training three times a week and keeping in shape,” he told the Montreal Gazette. “Hopefully, somebody will get interested.

“I’m playing a lot of tennis, working out three hours a day. I feel bad about myself if I don’t do something for a couple weeks. I start hating myself. I like to feel energetic and powerful even when I just walk around.”

In 2010-11, Kovalev scored 16 times and added 18 helpers with the Senators and Penguins.

  1. dabutcha114 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Finish a Ranger Kov!

  2. kingfooj - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Correct me if im wrong but dont players train much more than 3 times a week, especially in mid august. and more than 3 hours a day? He phrases it as if hes over the top.

    • miketoasty - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Just read an article about Malkin doing two a day workouts 6 days a week. Now obviously that isn’t every players “Normal” routine but I would expect at the very least 4 days a week.

  3. beergold - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Burke will sign him to a two year deal and call him the Leafs “future!”

  4. dayno66 - Aug 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Awesome player but he needs to accept that the sun has set on his playing days.

  5. bcjim - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I’m a regular working stiff and I workout more than 3x/wk…geez dude.

  6. rainyday56 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    “he’s had offers from teams (presumably NHL ones) to attend training camp”

    ya, like the Canucks invited Owen Nolan to attend training camp last year to fill out the prospects’ scrimmage rosters. Soon as camp was over it was “thanks Owen, don’t let the door hit you on the way out … ” :)

    • vanindeed - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:48 PM


  7. matto8929 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    he’s also dieting on those 3 days of the week that he exercises. the other 4 days he binge eats.

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