For the most part, Alex Kovalev led this team to first place in the Eastern Conference last season. He was our most prolific goal scorer and quickly became a fan favorite, entertaining us with his dazzling skill set. I was expecting great things from him this year, but we’re 26 games into the season and so far our boy hasn’t given us much to cheer about.
I do however have empathy for the guy, with only a handful of goals and this being a contract year, I’m certain he feels an enormous amount of pressure to perform as good if not better than last year.
Saku Koivu carried this team for eleven years and finally last season had a decent supporting cast around him to share the load, with Kovalev playing the biggest role.
With the additions of Alex Tanguay and Robert Lang, it gives Kovalev a bit of breathing space and he is still contributing to the team in a positive way with leadership and some brilliant playmaking. I don’t want to see him traded, I believe he still has the passion and wants to retire as a Hab. But what will it take to get our boy back on track?
To quote Winston Churchill on Russia,
A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…but perhaps there is a key…. that key is Russian National interest.
Bob, offer him a new contract.