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March 2, Revisiting Ballard’s KO of Vokoun

March 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So, I’m pretty busy tonight with a lot of class work, so I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. Many hockey fans probably remember when Panthers’ defenseman Keith Ballard recklessly knocked out his own goalie, Tomas Vokoun, following a goal scored by Ilya Kovalchuk, then of the Atlanta Thrashers. Ballard swung his stick at his own net in an effort to break his stick, but instead wound up breaking his goalie’s face. The most inexplicable part of the whole thing is that Ballard somehow seemed to not know what he did even after he did it. Obviously he didn’t do it on purpose, but his demeanor was very questionable following the KO.

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February 26, Alex Kovalev back in Pittsburgh

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

[UPDATE] – The Rangers have acquired Bryan McCabe from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Tim Kennedy and a third round pick. Well done Sather.

Hey guys,

So with the NHL trade deadline approaching, many teams are doing what they can to bolster their lineup, while other teams that have failed to meet expectations are shipping away talented players to save money, and free up salary space.

Kovalev showing off his MVP award for the 2009 All-Star Game. IMAGE //

Some of the biggest trades thus far include the Senators trade of Brian Elliot for Craig Anderson of the Avalanche, and the Penguins trade of a conditional seventh round pick to the Senators for Alex Kovalev.

Kovalev is a veteran in his 18th NHL season. Drafted 15th overall by the Rangers in the 1991 NHL draft, Kovalev became the first Russian player to be taken in the first round of the NHL draft. He spent the first seven years of his career in New York. There he helped lead the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years in the 1993-94 season, becoming the first Russian player to ever win hockey’s greatest prize.

Kovalev then spent five seasons in Pittsburgh, where he recorded the best season of his career, tallying 44 goals and 51 assists in 2000-01. He then was traded back to the Rangers during the 2002-03 season, where he failed to impress, and was shipped up to Montreal in 2003-04 where he re-discovered his game, scoring 84 points in the 2007-08 season. In the next stage of Kovalev’s career, he signed with the Senators for the 2009-10 season. There he played for one and a half seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh this week.

So far this season, Kovalev has not produced much, but the Penguins know what he is capable of, and were desperate in light of injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. At this point in the season, Kovalev has notched 14 goals and 13 assists.

To commemorate the Kovalev trade, I found a video of Alex from a time when he was known as Alexei. This is a clip from that glorious Stanley Cup final when the Rangers took down the Canucks in seven games.