Trade Kovalchuk? Re-Sign him? Both?

In a season where Montreal Canadiens’ fans don’t have much to celebrate about, the signing of former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk by team General Manager Marc Bergevin feels like a breath of fresh air. Brought in to help provide a warm body during a plague of injuries hitting the Habs, the Russian right winger has delivered more than anyone could have expected so far.

We know the story. Kovalchuk wanted to come back to the NHL and signed a 3-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings paying him an average of $6.25 million. In his first season back to the NHL, the 6-foot 3-inches 222 lbs winger managed 16 goals and 34 points in 64 games, playing an average of 16:14 minutes per game, with a team worst minus -26 differential amongst Kings’ forwards. This season did not start well between Kovalchuk and the Kings either as he only had three goals in 17 games and was already minus -10, going as far as being a healthy scratch. Los Angeles decided to keep him away from the team until they made the decision to buy him out. He played his last game with the Kings on November 9th and his contract was finally bought out on December 17th.

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Carey Price and Shea Weber Still Respected

We keep hearing, reading Habs’ fans claiming that Carey Price and Shea Weber are either finished or some people find any way possible to downplay them when they play well. This is called getting your foot in your mouth at some point and refusing to admit being wrong, fighting tooth and nail to save face instead. And then, when others who are in a better position than them come out and say the opposite to what those “fans” claim, they revert to accusing them of lying or come up with some lame excuse to downplay what they’re saying.

Well folks, we just have another example today. In a recent poll they have conducted with nearly 400 NHL players, the Athletic has published the results today. And for Habs’ fans, there are two questions of interest…

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