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Penguins trade for Kovalev puts Crosby’s return in doubt


The Penguins today reacquired Alexi Kovalev today from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional 7th round pick in the 2011 entry draft.  The pick could change to a 6th round one if the Penguins advance beyond the first round of this year’s playoffs and if Kovalev plays in 50% of the games while he is here.  Kovalev, who was a member of the Penguins from the 98/99 season until the 02/03 season scored 149 goals during his stay here and racked up 198 assists.  He was traded away to the New York Rangers during the 02/03 season playing one more season for them followed by five for the Montreal Canadians and the past two for the Ottawa Senators.  It will be interesting to see if his two down season’s in Ottawa had more to do with age catching up with him or from being surrounded by a lack of talent on the Ottawa team.

Kovalev carries a pretty hefty salary of  $5 million this season of which Pittsburgh will be responsible for $1,209,677.  What is interesting about this trade is that it pretty much uses up all of the available funds that the Penguins have to spend at the deadline, and it is only because of Sidney Crosby being on Long Term Injured Reserve that the Penguins had this money to spend at all.  What’s that you say?  What about Evgeni Malkin‘s injury?  Well folks, that doesn’t kick in until March 4th as you have to miss 11 games before you can be on LTIR.  That means that the earliest Crosby can return now is March 5th against Boston.

If we see the Penguins make any more moves before the end of Monday’s trading deadline that don’t involve us losing a player or trading away more salary than we get back, then there will be no simpler way of saying that Crosby will not be back until at least the playoffs when the salary cap no longer is in effect.

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  1. tut's Gravatar tut
    February 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    My only question is, why would the penguins aquire a rental like kovalev if they did not expect crosby to return? Why do anything if you didn’t expect his return? I understand the numbers and all but if he wasnt expected back why wouldn’t you just continue to develop talent and look at next year? The kovalev deal to me proves he will be back this year!

  2. ryan's Gravatar ryan
    February 25, 2011 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Yeah you said “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN”. Haha. I think the best player to play right wing in penguins system is corey perry. That will never happen though. Let’s hope neil does what ponikarovski did not.

  3. PJ's Gravatar PJ
    February 25, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Arent you the same writer that previously stated that there was NO CHANCE they would get Kovalev and to trust you that it will NOT happen. Just wondering if you learned anything from this if you have any comment on whether I should trust anything you ever write again.

  4. February 25, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    The Penguins may have a tiny bit of wiggle room, with sending a player down or trading a player. At most they could pick up a role player off waivers or would have to make a trade. But without doing that Shero is most likely has under 1 million in cap space left. If Shero does make a big move (picks up a player above 2-3 million) without trading away salary, then most likely he is either aware that Crosby is not coming back or plans on putting Kovalev on waivers until the playoffs once Crosby does come back which at the earliest would most likely be a week or two before playoffs. It is being said that if Crosby just started working out now, he would be lucky to be able to get into game shape before the playoffs begin in April anyway.

  5. Sam's Gravatar Sam
    February 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    This is untrue. All we’d have to do is send down Sterling, Vitale, Craig, etc. and we’re fine to pick up another salary. But hey, glad you have intelligence to make a post without fully researching things.

    You also fail to take into effect that we could easily waive Rupp, Asham, etc if it really came down to it with our abundance of bottom 6 depth.

    • BillV's Gravatar BillV
      February 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Our abundance of bottom 6 depth???? I guess Sam’s plan is also to play with 17 guys instead of the full 20. I think what he fails to see is that those players all being up for the temporary injuries to Kunitz, Letestu and the rest are all ready eating away at the LTIR injury money.

  6. February 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Awesome on Kovalev!!! I was saying last night I think Shero’s not done with trades, and we need some offense, and we need Kovalev!! Sad to read it puts Crosby’s return in doubt. I happened to come upon a TV show late last night, talking about concussions, and unfortunately, it said that it’s REALLY bad to get one, go undiagnosed (winter classic?), then suffer a repeat. Prayers going out to Crosby for a full and healthy recovery!! Take Care Sid, and Go Pens!!


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