Listen, with my post i was not "complaining" i was pointing out how ridiculous some posters are now bashing Kovalchuk like he was a fvcking terrible player and that he was not useful at all. He was helping us a LOT and now people are butthurt and will try to convince themselves that he was terrible, which is not true at all.
But the same people will never say a bad thing about Zajac who can barely score 20 goals as a first line center. The double standard on this board is ridic. So many freagin homers / koolaid drinkers here its unreal.
Yeah Parise was missing and EVERYONE sucked that year. Who caried the team almost back in the playoffs in the 2nd half? who? yeah thats right.
back then we we're praising the guy. Now that he's gone, its like he was a fvcking useless bum?
Even if he was not to your "level of awesome" he was better than any other player on the team, so acting as if he's not useful ? give me a break
No one is saying he was terrible, but guys like Tri are pointing out that underneath some of the eye-friendly numbers, there were some issues. He put up respectable numbers when he first got here after the trade, but he didn't seem terribly comfortable (I thought it became pretty obvious that he was never properly coached before he got to NJ, which is a shame). 2010-11 was obviously rough for him initially, but Jacques Lemaire was able to get him to start cleaning up the weaker points of his game, and he began to improve. You're an idiot if you think Kovy "almost carried the team to the playoffs" in 2011...he was a key figure in making the second half fun to watch for sure, but like I said, that team was still out of it for most of that run, and they never pulled to within more than six points of the final berth, and he was just as much of a reason as to why the team did zilch in the first half as he was a big reason they played so much better in the second half.
2011-12 saw the pinnacle of Kovy's steady improvement and refinement, and he did a lot of things well that year, but he was also playing a lot of minutes...more than would be ideal for a guy in his 30s. Would that wear him down over time if he was expected to keep playing that many minutes per game? One thing that did drop a bit once he became a Devils was his shooting%...Tri has some solid theories about why that happened, one of which had to do with the fact that playing for a team that was usually not relevant in the Thrashers allowed him to face more backup goalies, and it seemed like the franchise didn't mind the fact that, as a Thrasher, Kovy was a guy who could score and put up nice "glamour" numbers, but clearly had a lot of warts in his game...warts that both the Devils and, to his credit, Kovy tried to work on.
As we know, Kovy got hurt in the 2012 playoffs, and I think that probably affected him physically and mentally. Couple that with playing in the SKA, where he's treated like a hero initially (don't know if that still holds now), doesn't have to play in nearly as many games (52 regular season) but will still get paid handsomely, and will get to play in his home country (which apparently was important to him), I get why he left.
Anyway, long and short of it, I never he said he was crap while he was here, and I'm definitely not rewriting history as to what he contributed here. I think he had a rough beginning, played well in the second half of 2011 and the following season, didn't play particularly well in 2013 (possibly because his heart wasn't in being a Devil anymore, possibly because he's beginning to decline), and was much better in SKA in 2013 than in 2014. Overall as a Devil I think he was pretty good, occasionally terrific, but like others and I have noted, I don't think the Kovy of 2012 is ever coming back, NHL or KHL, and even that 2012 version still had holes in his game, though, again to his credit, he worked very hard and allowed himself to be coached into becoming a more complete player.
I don't think the Devils are better off without him because of his past. I think they're better off without him because of his future, which I don't think is all that bright.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 15 July 2014 - 07:39 AM.