Former Hab Alex Kovalev is packing it in after 20 years in the bigs. He’d given it a shot this year in Florida but managed just 14 games before Father Time gave him the final nudges to exit stage left.
Kovalev played four full seasons with Montreal between 2005 and 2009, plus 12 games prior in 2003, and managed 264 total points as a member of the bleu, blanc et rouge.
We all know what this guy was. Great, lousy, brilliant, lazy, genius, head-scratching, and sometimes dazzling and often not. When he was on his game, he was one of the best. When he wasn’t, we wanted to string him up and let the buzzards pick at him.
All in all, it was time to wrap things up for the talented Russian. In the world of pro hockey, unless you’re Gordie Howe, a 40-year old forward is just way too old.