Ilya Kovalchuk is once again a player that the Boston Bruins are interested and once again they should stay away from the ancient winger.
Why do we do this to ourselves? People think that Kovalchuk will solve all of the Bruins problems. He won’t.
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Kovalchuk has had a resurgence ever since joining the rival Montreal Canadiens. In 14 games he has 5 goals and 6 assists and a personal rating of +6. Not so shabby for a 36-year-old.
Thanks to his great play Kovalchuk is garnering interest from teams across the NHL, including the B’s.
But it makes no sense for Boston to trade for Kovalchuck. They could have signed him for the cheap as a free agent, but they chose not too. Why would they give a draft pick or a valuable asset for a guy they could have gotten for relatively cheap?
I also think Kovalchuk won’t fit well in the Bruins system. He is an aging player who isn’t as good as he once was. I think this recent spell of games is an anomaly and not something Kovalchuk can keep up. The Bruins don’t need another David Backes situation.
If the Bruins want to get a guy like Chris Kreider they can go ahead. He is 28 and has plenty of good years left in the tank. Kreider is the 2nd line winger the Bruins could use.
So please for the love of God do not bring Ilya Kovalchuk. We don’t need another Lee Stempniak situation to happen. Kovalchuk will not help the Bruins win a Stanley Cup and if they really wanted him they would have acquired him when he was a free agent.