Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:36 AM
That he was burdened by playing the Devils style (braces). He became more than just a one-dimensional player (all flash, no substance) here. And he looked happy for the first time in his career.
If he wants to go the KHL so he only has to play one end of the ice and return to losing, that says a lot about his character. I though he raised his game here.
I think Kovy had to think harder about what he was doing on the ice than ever before as a Devil. He had to become more cerebral, more of a student of the game. I do think he embraced that change at first, and probably even enjoyed it some.
I think once he got a taste of playing in the KHL, he embraced the simplicity of just going out there and being able to play to his pure strengths. Kovy likes scoring...sure, who doesn't, but I think he likes being a pure scorer/sniper who isn't "dragged" down by other aspects of the game. He may have been better all-around here, but he once he played in the KHL he probably didn't realize how much fun he was missing out on (in his mind) until he got to play there for an extended period of time. And then once he came back to the NHL, he probably felt shackled and restrained.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 12 July 2013 - 08:37 AM.
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