Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Kovalev Says He Planned To Finish His Career As A Hab
Former Canadiens star Alex Kovalev, traded to the Ottawa Senators this week, said Tuesday that he had hoped to finish his career in the red, white and blue but accepts that it won't happen.
Kovalev, speaking in a conference call to reporters, said the Habs's offer was put on the table and then quickly withdrawn before he had a chance to negotiate.
The 36-year-old Russian winger said he was left with no choice but to begin talks with another team.
Kovalev said he holds no ill will towards his old team, adding he was touched that his fans rallied at the Bell Centre on the weekend to press the team to keep him in town.
The Habs have acquired seven players and let several veterans go in the past seven days as General Manager Bob Gainey tries to remake a team that was blown out in the first round of the playoffs this past season.
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