Should the Rangers Make a Move to Give Kovalev Third Stint on Broadway?

May 26th, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
This afternoon, during Steve Zipay’s weekly chat with New York Rangers fans, the writer proposed a trade the team should consider. He suggested that the Rangers send Michal Rozsival to the Ottawa Senators for Alexei Kovalev. Straight up.

When glancing at this trade, it makes sense. Yet, at the same time, it doesn’t.

Kovalev could certainly give the Rangers a small boost of scoring on the team’s second line. The Rangers major downfall last season was their lack of secondary scoring. It's something they needed to make the playoffs.

Kovalev, who turns thirty-eight next February, is a shell of his former self. His career high forty-four goals in 2000/01, with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as ten additional seasons of twenty or more goals, are a thing of the past.

But after a thirty-five goal campaign three years ago, Kovalev has followed with two mediocre seasons. The first one came with the Montreal Canadiens, while the second occurred when he was with the Ottawa Senators, in his first year of a two-year contract, last season. He scored only eighteen goals.

With the Senators about to lose top ...

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