We played our best game during the playoffs when Kovy was out. The playoffs that year was a complete fluke. You could make the same argument that without Salvador leading all defensemen in playoff scoring we are out in the second round. The heroics if Gionta and the fourth line and Parise and Marty leading the team against the Rangers was just epic. But that was a complete fluke.
We played well one game without him, but there is no way we would beat the rangers without him... Kovalchuk was a keypart of our team we cant denied it. Zach parise was a key part too... But go ahead new player is coming new key part and all you need for a playoff run is to make the playoff...
Once you make the playoff anything can happen! the 1995 stanley cup devils wasnt suppose to win... We always win as underdog, and we have to focus on the same thing here. We cant denied who we are and what we represent.
I want this team to be in the playoffs, then i want to believe. (remember the best player in the 2003 team had 57 points)