Alex Kovalev knows how to make a headline during the dead days of summer. The former NHL star recently spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport, and Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov translated some highlights. Kovalev ripped his former coach Cory Clouston, and fired some shots in the direction of the Ottawa media.
Kovalev on Clouston:
“In two seasons I still couldn’t understand the ideas of our coach Cory Clouston. It seemed that he scoffed at some players.”
“You have to treat players kindly. If you leave someone on the bench you should explain why it happened. This is coach’s job. But when a player is benched and doesn’t understand what is happening, he becomes lost.”
On Ottawa’s media and their ability to carry beer through airport security:
“My opinion of Ottawa journalists is that they don’t watch hockey at all. When they fly with the team and go through the [metal detector] at an airport, their bags are filled with beer. You realize right away what these people do when they write about the NHL.”
“Let them make up nonsense about me. But I am happy with what I have done. I have played not for myself but for the team and fans. Teammates have never said a bad word about me. Fans are happy. I am approached on the street in Montreal, New York and told one thing: ‘Don’t take the bad to your head. We always support and love you. You’re the best.’
To top things off Kovalev hinted at a return to the NHL after his two-year deal with Atlant of the KHL is up. It’s a safe bet that any such return will not come as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
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