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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2017, 03:33:33 PM »
I wouldn't quite put him up with Hossa in terms of being a complete player, but not as far off as you might think.

Before he left this was certainly true. Hard to say where his game is at right now. But his two-way play was severely underrated in his NHL days. His overall strength too. He's 6'3", 230 lbs and while he doesn't play as aggressive as Ovi he never had a problem overpowering other players.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2017, 03:39:20 PM »
I'd be good with a 2 or 3 year deal for Kovalchuk (depending on cap hit, of course).  Would make things pretty interesting.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2017, 03:52:05 PM »
He's got some float to his general game (a most excellent cherry picker) and one-way play now gets a strong frowning here.

Before he'd left he'd actually grown into something of a PK'er in a minor role. He led the league in SH goals in the lockout shortened season and was 4th the previous year.
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2017, 04:06:22 PM »
He's got some float to his general game (a most excellent cherry picker) and one-way play now gets a strong frowning here.

Before he'd left he'd actually grown into something of a PK'er in a minor role. He led the league in SH goals in the lockout shortened season and was 4th the previous year.

Thanks for the heads up. I was floundering looking for 'Kovalchuk backcheck' on YouTube.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2017, 04:14:04 PM »
Thanks for the heads up. I was floundering looking for 'Kovalchuk backcheck' on YouTube.

Well, he'll never be mistaken for a Selke calibre forward, but his time in New Jersey really helped him improve his defensive game (much like - though not quite as significantly as - it did for Mogilny).
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2017, 04:16:05 PM »
Thanks for the heads up. I was floundering looking for 'Kovalchuk backcheck' on YouTube.

To paraphrase someone on these boards, you don't do a lot of backchecking if the puck's always in the offensive zone.
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2017, 04:28:12 PM »
Thanks for the heads up. I was floundering looking for 'Kovalchuk backcheck' on YouTube.

To paraphrase someone on these boards, you don't do a lot of backchecking if the puck's always in the offensive zone.

That sounds familiar! I still wanted to see what he could do at the other end of the ice.

I was watching his KHL highlights this morning. He was just carving through with minimal resistance. Highlights are stupidly one-sided.
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2017, 05:35:35 PM »
Huh...intriguing.

Now, guys, back to fixing the back-end. 

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2017, 08:47:23 AM »
Huh...intriguing.

Now, guys, back to fixing the back-end. 

Gardiner-Zaitsev
Rielly-Kovalchuk
Brannstrom
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2017, 09:10:53 AM »
Huh...intriguing.

Now, guys, back to fixing the back-end. 

Gardiner-Zaitsev
Rielly-Kovalchuk
Brannstrom

If Nylander isn't playing centre, I'd roll him in there with Brannstrom.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2017, 09:32:41 AM »
Huh...intriguing.

Now, guys, back to fixing the back-end. 

Gardiner-Zaitsev
Rielly-Kovalchuk
Brannstrom

If Nylander isn't playing centre, I'd roll him in there with Brannstrom.

I guess. But in a 3rd pairing role I figured Brannstrom wouldn't even need a defence partner to be effective.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2017, 09:46:30 AM »
I guess. But in a 3rd pairing role I figured Brannstrom wouldn't even need a defence partner to be effective.

The Marlies toyed with a 5-forward PP. Brannstrom is basically a forward that knows how to skate backwards properly. That'd be fun to watch.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #42 on: May 30, 2017, 04:05:53 PM »
https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2017/05/saying-kovalchuk-russia.html

Thar be rumours...

Sounds like the Olympics might be a factor.

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #43 on: May 30, 2017, 05:20:39 PM »
https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2017/05/saying-kovalchuk-russia.html

Thar be rumours...

Sounds like the Olympics might be a factor.

I'd think though that the Olympics has lost some lustre now that the NHL players aren't going.
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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #44 on: May 30, 2017, 07:59:01 PM »
I'd think though that the Olympics has lost some lustre now that the NHL players aren't going.

I doubt it. A lot of these guys were raised with a gold medal being the ultimate prize. Getting to play against NHL players is something they do every day.

This to me seems like the bigger issue:

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Re: Kovalchuk sweepstakes are on
« Reply #44 on: May 30, 2017, 07:59:01 PM »