Intriguing Comments from Kovalev

Alex Kovalev made some intriguing comments to a Russian journalist after Tuesday’s game in New Jersey, that in turn got passed on to Dmitry Chesnokov, a Washington-based freelance reporter for Sovetsky Sport.

Chesnokov then put them up on Twitter.

Kovalev touches on his failed contract negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens, his future plans (which don’t include the KHL), and his uneasy relationship with Senators coach Cory Clouston.

Here’s a selection:

On his relationship with Clouston: “It’s pointless to talk about it now. It’s disheartening when you don’t play much, but made a scapegoat.”

On his thoughts as the season winds down: “I never think about the next contract. For me the reputation in the league is the main thing.”

On his failed negotiations with the Canadiens: “We just picked one route and the Canadiens suddenly went a different one. We didn’t expect everything to change so quickly.
“The public doesn’t know the whole story. I don’t want to talk about it, but my agent wasn’t the problem.”

On his plans for next season: “”To me the KHL is far on the background. As long as I have the strength, I want to play in the NHL.”

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