I didn’t see this coming but it looks like a good deal for some slick offense and could get us 20+ goals a season. Ottawa Senators general manager, Bryan Murray, gave the slick Russian winger a US$10-million, two-year deal Monday, believing Kovalev will bring a dimension to his team that was sorely lacking last season. A 16-year NHL veteran, Kovalev spent the past six seasons with the Canadiens and in 78 games last season he led the team with 26 goals and 65 points.
Prior to Montreal, Kovalev spent time with the New York Rangers, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1994, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kovalev is the top-six forward Murray was looking to acquire and despite a rally of about 100 people outside the Bell Centre on Sunday begging the Habs to keep Kovalev, the Senators were able to make the deal.