Alexei Kovalev Trade Was a Bad Move for the Pittsburgh Penguins

February 25th, 2011 by Alison Myers Leave a reply »
With one look at the headline, I’m sure most of you have already planned to dislike this article.

Penguins fans just don’t badmouth Ray Shero. He is a deity among Pittsburgh devotees. Everything he touches turns to gold. He can do no wrong.

But when the news broke that Shero acquired Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick, I wasn’t jumping up and down in excitement like most other Penguins fans.

I was left cold.

“Great, just what we need.” I thought. “A slow, washed up forward, and one that has rumored attitude problems to boot.”

It’s not what we gave up that I have a problem with. I’m not going to lie; losing only a seventh round pick for Kovalev is a good deal. Plus, he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season, so it’s not like the Pens have a big contract to pay for.

It’s just that I don’t think Kovalev is what we needed, and it’s a bad move for the Penguins.

Kovalev first played in Pittsburgh from 1998-2003 and had 149 career goals and 317 points. He posted ...

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