I’m currently going through the tape and writing about Friday morning’s Sergei Gonchar press conference, and something has struck me as odd.
Gonchar, the Senators big free agent signing, has been with the team for nine days now. He has talked to coach Cory Clouston, who he says phoned him from B.C., but nobody else who he’ll be sharing a dressing room with next season.
He says Daniel Alfredsson called him and left a message, and while he tried to return the call, they have not yet been connected.
It’s easy to understand while most of the Senators haven’t welcomed him to the team. Most don’t know him personally. And as Gonchar points out, it is the summer.
But Gonchar hasn’t heard from Alex Kovalev? They’ve never been on the same NHL team, but they should know each other pretty well – they’ve been two of Russia’s top players for about the last 20 years or so.
And Kovie hasn’t called to say hey?
Gonchar was asked if he’s going to be able to “wake Kovalev up.”
“I can tell you I’m going to do my best,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to wake him up or not. It’s tough for me to judge Alex because I’ve never played with him for a long period of time, but I’ll do my best to make sure we play well as a group and he’s at his best.”
The Senators hope they find some chemistry together.