NHL Trade Rumors: Move Over Brad Richards, Alex Kovalev is the Hot Topic

December 14th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
By now the word has hit the entire NHL. With the constant discussion going on about the future of superstar Brad Richards in a Dallas uniform, focus has begun to shift from the highly-touted center to a brooding veteran on a team that is going seemingly nowhere.

Alex Kovalev has bounced back and forth across the NHL for the past two decades, finding a home and some love for only brief periods before a franchise becomes disenchanted with the Russian and grants him his freedom. This year's model, the Ottawa Senators, are doing something that no team has done with Kovalev previously.

After inking Kovalev to a two-year, $10 million deal in 2009, Kovalev has sunk production-wise and found himself in the crossfire of a heated battle with coach Cory Clouston. Just a week ago, Kovalev was bumped to the fourth line of a team that is struggling to stay anywhere near competitive.

What's worse, the Senators are clearly showing Alex the writing on the wall as we rapidly approach midseason and the pending February trade deadline.

The Sens are up against the cap wall, currently saddled with three $5 million-plus contracts for three 35-plus players ...

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