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.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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