LOL. Have you seen Kovalchuk play lately????
It was just a few weeks ago that everyone in hockey was talking about how lazy he was and that he is not captain material.
Anyway, I feel confident that Potvin was being sarcastic because he watches Kovy and knows that Lou would never be interested in such a one-dimensional player who doesn't care about winning. FYI: Players have to care about winning which is the definition of a Devils-type player.
Manta, I understand what you are saying, but look at it this way. 99.9% of Professional Athletes want to win. Kovalchuk is no exception. I have watched him play many times, and yes, there are a several times where he has "dogged" it out there, but the majority of the time HE IS THE ONLY ONE ACTUALLY TRYING TO WIN. He gets little to no help. It has been a little better this year with the addition of Antropov and Afinogenov, but in the past, he was doing the bulk of the work.
Picture yourself at a job, wherein you bust your ass, work hard to bring in money for the company, but your boss turns around and blows all the money on stupid office trinkets and fires all your support co-workers. How can you feel motivated to play your best for a company that doesn't try to be the best?
I can understand his frustration. Am I making excuses for him? No. But I can totally get where he is coming from.