Oh boy. Alex Kovalev is back with the Penguins. Ray “I get s*** done” Shero acquired him from Ottawa for a conditional draft pick [link]. On top of James Neal and Matt Niskanen, Shero is running down the dream here. Today is Kovalev’s 38th birthday so I hope he wished for a playoff race.
Kovalev played in Pittsburgh from ’98-’03, between stints with the NY Rangers. As a Pen he racked up 149 goals and 197 assists in 344 games.
Disclaimer: I hate the NY Rangers. I especially hated them growing up in Upstate NY and I probably said “1940!” a hundred thousand times. It has been many moons, but I have never really recovered. And I’ve always disliked Kovalev, even when he was a Penguin. Now I am prepared to eat my words. Come on Alex, and show me how wrong I’ve been for cough…20…cough years.
The Pens may be close to getting Chris Kunitz back from injury, and none too soon. They are still missing forwards Asham, Johnson, Tangradi, Letestu and Jeffrey. Defenseman Paul Martin is out, and this morning they announced Brooks Orpik has a broken finger and will miss 4 weeks. They have a few other injuries too – no one you’ve ever heard of.
Chuck, Beth and I are going to Pittsburgh for the March 25 weekend games. We may be called in to demonstrate the skills we’ve learned by repeatedly watching The Cutting Edge.