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#1 jerseysteve

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 01:57 PM

I don't know why, but it just grates on me to hear Kovalchuck so pumped about returning to Russia to play for their national team.  The guy was too hurt to contribute to our team during dire times, and yet now, magically, he's good to go and there's no hesitation or thought of taking time to rest before hitting the ice for Russia?  Before the season started, I didn't buy into the talk about Kovy wanting to leave the NHL, but now?  I really have to wonder where his heart is.  Can this be a situation (going to Russia) that becomes permanent?  Would have said hell no the begining of the season, but now I really wonder.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:10 PM

I think people are really looking too much into this. Who wouldn't love to represent their country? Kovy is from Russia, and it's his right to represent his country in the WHC. You guys easily forget how he was dedicated last year and how he played well and with heart in the playoffs (he played games injured fyi). Kovy is a devil. This is team. He will be back next year with the goal of going in the playoffs and winning it all. So no, you should'nt worry.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:16 PM

I don't think he sounded pumped, he just said he would be going and that he put a good word in with Loki. Other players will probably be playing for other teams.
And on a side note his name is spelled "kovalchuk"
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:36 PM

Get over yourself. Outside of North America people actually care about the World Cup and the Olympics. Did you see him fall? He hurt his shoulder.. He's back now. Geez.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

Talk about making a big deal out of nothing, come on.

 

Would you have wanted to rush him back from his injury?  I just don't get it.

 

Stupid pointless thread is pointless.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

lol if Zach had demanded to play meaningless games when he was coming off injury a couple years ago people would praise his moxie, but since it's Kovy it's only because he wants to play in the Worlds.  I guess he didn't lead the team in scoring last year with a bad back during the playoffs.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:32 PM

In Europe and Russia there's a lot more honor connected with the WC. Kovalchuk bleeds Russian red and it's no surprise that he is pumped to represent his nation.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 03:50 PM

no way? between the legs? who would have thought?

 

i swear whenever i have time during the playoffs im gonna go through all the goals scored against Moose this year and i bet 75% of them are in his 5 hole



why are they chanting Marty? bunch of retards


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:36 PM

Also, with a deal for the 2014 Olympics not in place yet, I would imagine Russian players can't stress enough how much they like playing for their team.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:11 PM

If, I were on the US team and the 2014 winter Olympics hockey were held in the US, I would psyched to play. Oh and possibly get that multi-million dollar endor$ement on the 'WHEATIE$" box too :giggle:


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:32 PM

Something is up with Kovi this season, during the lockout he was playing in Russia and scoring goals like the old Kovi.

Then he comes back to NJ and sores 4 goals (5 on 5) for the season and two of those goals were deflected off the other teams player.

He's always looking to pass (even though he's got the best shot on the team), he'll bring the puck down low, circle the net and send the puck to a defenseman to shoot.

I hope he starts shooting next season.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:18 PM

Something is up with Kovi this season, during the lockout he was playing in Russia and scoring goals like the old Kovi.

Then he comes back to NJ and sores 4 goals (5 on 5) for the season and two of those goals were deflected off the other teams player.

He's always looking to pass (even though he's got the best shot on the team), he'll bring the puck down low, circle the net and send the puck to a defenseman to shoot.

I hope he starts shooting next season.

To his defense he honestly hit at least 15 pipes this year, usually those go in, but he does need to shoot more.


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:49 PM

Something is up with Kovi this season, during the lockout he was playing in Russia and scoring goals like the old Kovi.

Then he comes back to NJ and sores 4 goals (5 on 5) for the season and two of those goals were deflected off the other teams player.

He's always looking to pass (even though he's got the best shot on the team), he'll bring the puck down low, circle the net and send the puck to a defenseman to shoot.

I hope he starts shooting next season.

 

Bigger ice, more space, worse opponents and goalies.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:45 AM

dont overwelm yourself... nothin is wrong about playing for your national team


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:21 AM

Nothing like being dramatic
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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:09 AM

Bigger ice, more space, worse opponents and goalies.

these are true, and I especially think the bigger ice surface helps him

but when I see highlights of him in Atlanta, he would skate in from center ice, make 1 slick move and shoot (and usually score)

I dont know if its his speed thats left him, or his confidence, or he's trying to be un-selfish as a Devil.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

You're reading too much into it.  All forms of international play have always been a very big deal to Russian players - especially the World Champsionships.  If the Red Wings had missed the playoffs, you would be hearing very similar comments from Datsyuk.


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:37 AM

I don't know why, but it just grates on me to hear Kovalchuck so pumped about returning to Russia to play for their national team.  The guy was too hurt to contribute to our team during dire times, and yet now, magically, he's good to go and there's no hesitation or thought of taking time to rest before hitting the ice for Russia?  Before the season started, I didn't buy into the talk about Kovy wanting to leave the NHL, but now?  I really have to wonder where his heart is.  Can this be a situation (going to Russia) that becomes permanent?  Would have said hell no the begining of the season, but now I really wonder.

theres nothing "magic" about it.  He was hurt and he returned when he was fully healthy, which i'd want nothing more.  What do you want him to do, still act injured?? there did not need to be a thread for this


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:09 PM

What I find strange, is his falls.  he just tripped and crashed into the boards, hurt his shoulder, and when he came back, he did it again!!! luckily he didnt get hurt the second time. hopefully he's done with those


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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:33 PM


You're reading too much into it. All forms of international play have always been a very big deal to Russian players - especially the World Champsionships. If the Red Wings had missed the playoffs, you would be hearing very similar comments from Datsyuk.

when datsyuks contract is up, he's joining the KHL as it is. A class act foe him but he has said when his contract is done he wants to finish his career in his hometown.
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