Alex Kovalev RW FLA 8 Months
Retired NHL player Alexei Kovalev isn't all that surprised that Ilya Kovalchuk left the New Jersey Devils to play in the KHL.
"Hockey in Russia has become much better," Kovalev told the Montreal Gazette. "There are a lot of European players who go and play there, and the KHL wants to bring good hockey back. They'll do whatever it takes."
Alex Kovalev RW FLA 12 Months
Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon confirmed to The Miami Herald that Alexei Kovalev has signed his retirement papers and is no longer a member of the team.
Kovalev hadn't played for the Panthers since Feb. 22 and, according to The Herald, left the team shortly after that game. He was attempting to make an NHL comeback after spending last season in the KHL but never mustered up much of an impact with Florida. It's a disappointing and quiet end for one of the most electrifying and talented players we've ever seen. We wouldn't be surprised if Kovalev pops back up in the KHL sooner or later.
Alex Kovalev RW FLA Feb 12 '13
Alexei Kovalev will return to the Florida lineup on Tuesday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.
Kovalev has been skating in practice on a line with Marcel Goc and Tomas Kopecky. Jack Skille will sit this one out. Kovalev has two goals and two assists but after a big opening game, he has managed only a goal in his last eight games.
Alex Kovalev RW FLA Feb 09 '13
Alexei Kovalev may return to the Panther lineup Saturday against the Capitals after being a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Flyers.
Cats' coach Kevin Dineen and Kovalev spoke about giving the 39-year-old winger some time off during the season and Thursday night was one of those occasions. Although Jack Skille, who dressed in Kovalev's place, did a nice job against Philly, we expect Kovalev to play Saturday in Washington.