Major last-minute statement from Alex Kovalev on the Montreal Canadiens: He Reveals He Would Accept the Canadiens Offer If Given Another Chance

Elias Edmonson
September 7, 2023  (5:42 PM)

Several people were disappointed in the summer of 2009 to see Alex Kovalev leave the Montreal Canadiens organization in favor of the Ottawa Senators. The electric forward had then signed a two-season contract valued at $10 million. According to the man himself, he should never have accepted this offer.

In a big interview with Alexandre Gascon for Radio-Canada, the one nicknamed The Artist reflected on his time in Montreal, the pressure that exists in the city, as well as his departure from the organization. Here is what he had to say on the subject:
I made a mistake and became a little too greedy. On the other hand, I wanted to be shown respect, which I did not receive. I was not asking for much more, just a small increase.

If I had to do it over again, I would accept the Canadiens' offer rather than agreeing with the Senators in the summer of 2009. There would have been a bit of bitterness anyway, because I wanted my accomplishments for the team to be recognized, but I think it would have been much better for my career. I would probably say: OK, I'll take it even if they disrespect me a little, but it's more important for my family and me.

I felt good in Montreal with the organization, with the fans. I think it's thanks to them that I had so much success. - Alex Kovalev

Kovy also touched on the subject of the Hall of Fame. Although he is aware that the current geopolitical situation could make it difficult for a Russian to receive this honor, he believes he deserves a place there.
I think I deserve to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

If I'm compared to some of the players who have been admitted, I've accomplished more. But it's not my decision.

I deserve it because of everything I have achieved as a Russian player, internationally and in the National League. In our time, it will be even more difficult for some players to get in, because of everything that is happening in the world. - Alex Kovalev

In 1316 games in the NHL, the Russian amassed 430 goals, 599 assists for a total of 1029 points. He added 100, including 45 goals, in 123 playoff games in addition to having a Stanley Cup ring. Although his name is not often mentioned, his statistics and feats give something to ponder on the subject.
Kovy has, since his retirement, ventured into the world of coaching. After coaching the Kunlun Red Stars, located in Beijing, in the KHL, he began mentoring. He is currently helping Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov and he would not say no to assisting more players in their development.
Major last-minute statement from Alex Kovalev on the Montreal Canadiens: He Reveals He Would Accept the Canadiens Offer If Given Another Chance

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