Having participated in yesterday’s charitable NHL All-Star alumni vs Montreal Canadiens alumni game, former Senator Alexei Kovalev expressed difficulty coming to terms with the realization that his NHL career is over.
Maybe like the rest of us, he is surprised that it didn’t end at the conclusion of the 2010/11 season.
Alas, Kovalev seems to be caught up second guessing his career decisions.
“At this point, you can say I made a bad decision going to Ottawa instead of staying in Montreal (after the 2008-09 season, where he signed a two-year deal with the Senators as a free agent on July 6, 2009),” he said. “Maybe I would still be playing here.”
Yes, you should have stayed in Montreal – that same organization that forced you to sit during the 08/09 season when your play left something to be desired. Instead, you chased the money that offseason to Ottawa, an organization that was desperately trying to spin some positive PR in the wake of Heatley's trade demand.
All this really shouldn't be surprising, as Kovalev's comments two days after signing in Ottawa were something less than enthusiastic:
"I didn't really have any options, choices."