There are few absolutes surrounding the NHL these days, but here’s a guarantee: Alex Kovalev won’t be coming back to the Ottawa Senators.
Kovalev delivered word Thursday that a few NHL teams have expressed interest in inviting him to training camp, without providing specific names. Maybe it has something to do with seeing Jaromir Jagr return and have success (along with picking up some lofty paycheques) or seeing Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson extend their careers.
Whatever the reasons for his new-found interest, he certainly won’t be getting a second chance here. His two-year stint with the Senators — which he has since called a mistake — was forgettable for just about everything but his one four-goal game and the $10 million he cost Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.