Kovalev not worried about being traded

After seeing teammates Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly recently get traded, Ottawa Senators veteran, Alex Kovalev, knows and accepts, the fact that he could be next. At 37, and in the back nine of his career, there is a good chance that the rebuilding Senators, who are 17 points out of a playoff spot, will be looking to get younger, while stockpiling draft picks. “I’ve been around for a long time and I’ve been traded a few times,” said Kovalev, who is in the second year of a two- year $10 million dollar contract. “It’s not new for me. For me it’s either staying here or going to another team, but the job is still the same … being a hockey player … being the best that you can be and help the team that you are playing for.” Kovalev has endured a trying season in Ottawa, which has included feuding with coach, Cory Clouston, and being booed at certain times by the home crowd. Now might be the best time to trade the veteran, as he is on a roll with three points in his past two games and six in his past eight. Still, statistically, it’s been a struggle this season as Kovalev has scored only 13 goals and 26 points in 51 games. Kovalev, who is in his 18th season, knows that changes are bound to happen with the team underachieving so badly. “We’re not the same team as we were last year and we didn’t play as well as we did last year,” said Kovalev. “Everybody knows that some movement and changes are going to be made.” On his recent surge of play Kovalev has given a lot of credit to his linemate, Peter Regin, who believes that the Russian sniper has ben given an unfair ride by the home fans. “I think that he’s misunderstood in the media sometimes,” said Regin. “He does care a lot. He wants to win … he wants his teammates to play good and feel good.”

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