Alex Kovalev is once again a Pittsburgh Penguin

The Ottawa Senators fire sale continued on Thursday when they traded aging scoring forward, Alex Kovalev, to the Pittburgh Penguins for a conditional seventh round draft choice. Kovalev, who was in his second year of a two year $10 million dollar deal, was in the middle of a sub-par season, which has seen him get booed at home and even feud with his coach Cory Clouston. After scoring only 14 goals and 27 points in 54 games the Senators decided to make the trade and Kovalev couldn’t be more excited about going back to Pittsburgh. ”I’m excited to go to Pittsburgh and play in the play-offs again,” said Kovalev who was a Penguin back from 1998 until 2003. “It’s been awhile.” Kovalev, who enjoyed his best season as a Penguin in 2001 with 44 goals and 95 points, had two parting shots for the Senators organization. In fact he was quite complimentary towards management and his former teammates. “It’s too bad I couldn’t show myself as a good player in Ottawa, but I still had a great time here surrounded by a good organization and a great group of guys here.” According to Senators GM, Bryan Murray, there were a total of three teams showing interest in Kovalev. Earlier this season Kovalev, who has scored 426 career goals and 1,017 points in his career, was feuding with Coach Clouston and was unhappy about being moved temporarily to the fourth line. Murray isn’t sure if that played a role in Kovalev underachieving as a Senator. “I don’t know if it was him and Cory only, or the role that he was given here,” Murray said. “As a coach you have to define each and every player and where they fit. For Alex it didn’t seem to work, so he moves.” A big reason why Kovalev waived his no trade clause, to once again play for Pittsburgh, is because of the strong respect he has for owner, Mario Lemieux. “I know Mario really well and he does what it takes to put his team in the right direction.”


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