Morning Free Association: June 13, 2018

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Ilya Kovalchuk wants to come back to the NHL. The thirty-five year old left winger has been lighting up the KHL since he left the NHL years ago. leaving a staggering 12 years left on his contract for the promise of more money and fewer taxes in Russia. Now, he wants to come back and the Bruins are vying for his services but their not the only ones.

Of course, it’s not a done deal. Kovlachuck has reportedly met with two California teams, the LA Kings and San Jose Sharks, and is reportedly willing to talk to up to nine teams at this point.

As TSN’s Darren Dreger said in a new interview with 690 Radio in Montreal, he has the Bruins on a short list of nine teams that have varying levels of interest or potential in signing Kovalchuk. He has the B’s in the “solid contender” department, along with the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and “maybe” the New York Rangers. The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun agrees with that exact list, terming the B’s and those other teams as “top contenders”.

To be honest, I can’t even feign interest in this story, never mind actually signing him. His best years are not ahead of him. He’s going to want too much money and far more term than he should get. If thirty-one is the wrong side of thirty, thirty-five is even more on the wrong side of thirty. Yes, he won a gold medal in the Olympics the year that no NHLers were playing. Yeah, he scored a boatload of points in the KHL for the past 5 seasons but that’s all in the past.

Just go to California, dude.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Morning, all!
I’m not afraid of Kovalchuk’s age – I wouldn’t sign a 35yo to a 5 year deal but aside from that, age isn’t really the issue for me. Attitude is my main concern – how dedicated is this dude going to be? He already blew off the league once – what’s to say he won’t do it again?
I have little knowledge of his style of play in the KHL so I can’t speak to whether he is a ‘team guy’, 200-foot player, etc., but I have doubts as to whether he would be a good locker room or on-ice presence when things are going poorly.
And on a secondary note, I’d like to see the likes of DeBrusk grow into their careers in the middle six.

Kovalchuk & Krecji might be a scary combo though.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I have doubts as to whether he would be a good locker room or on-ice presence when things are going poorly

I seem to remember SKA – his KHL team – suspending him at one point for bad attitude and him threatening to F-off to China, so your worries are well founded! Don;t need guys like that with so many young players on the team.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Though Chara could take him to feed some pigeons and fix that attitude right quick!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Good point!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I mean, if Chara can’t sort you out then there’s just no hope for you.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Would much rather be outside than work today.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Kovalchuk is so talented that teams will consider signing him. He’s bottom line driven. This may just be a trial balloon to check the interest level. I’d just as soon have Koko at this point in their respective careers. Fuck it! Give me Jagr!!!
We head to Newport Saturday morn. I very excite! We have a room so the party can go all weekend. Go Mom, go! If she does a keg stand, i ‘ll record it! Toga, toga!!!!!
Coffee for now….

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

She better do a keg stand!