Ottawa Shouldn’t Be Surprised Alex Kovalev Is Consistently Inconsistent

December 8th, 2009 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
It's funny when a player gets signed and ownership gets upset when the player plays the way that they have their entire career.

It's like getting angry at ice because it's cold.

Ottawa ownership is disappointed in the slumping Alex Kovalev, whose last goal going into Tuesday night's game against Montreal was Oct. 29. Owner Eugene Melnyk has been complaining his top players haven't stepped up enough.

When Ottawa signed Kovalev, they were probably looking at his last two seasons in Montreal, when he had 26 goals and 39 assists in 2008-09 and 35 goals and 49 assists in 2007-08—relatively solid numbers for a 36-year-old guy who entered the league in 1992.

That's always been the book on Kovalev; he can look like an amazing player in two-year increments. But when you look at larger chunks of his career, you really get a feel for its ups and downs.

For instance, if you look at the season before his 35 goal season in Montreal, you find an 18 goal campaign over 73 games, hardly stellar numbers.

And let's be honest. Kovalev's time in Montreal was largely successful. If you look at his second tour of the New York Ra ...

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