Sergei and Alex

- July 9th, 2010

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?

Strange, no?

Gonchar was asked if he’s going to be able to “wake Kovalev up.”

He laughed.

“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.

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11 comments

  1. Visitor says:

    Just get past the first round of the playoffs and it’ll be a miracle.
    Go Sens!

  2. Nancy D says:

    Getting rid of Spezza didn’t work, so let’s set our sights on Kovalev now?

    Gonchar hasn’t played a game – or attended a single practice, for that matter, and already some folks are trying to start a storm by suggesting he be the one to “wake Kovalev up”?

    I know Kovalev had a crappy year, and he’s an enigma, but can we please find a more….constructive…way to talk about players who aren’t palying to their potential? Maybe do something to actually work with the guys rather than make things difficult in the room? Try to push everyone towards success instead of pushing them out the door?

    Please?

  3. Nancy D says:

    …..sigh, and, of course, under moderation yet again.

  4. Jeff Forsythe says:

    Sergei, 36 years old….Alex 37 years old…useless overpaid hasbeens…’nuff said

  5. BobbyG says:

    Is chemistry between these two an honest expectation? Seriously. Did Kovalev inspire chemistry in Montreal? Bob Gainey didn’t think so? Is he a team guy? Here are two old and fading Russian stars who would perfer to be some place else. Hockey is the last think on Kovalev’s mind right now and he has many other things that inspire him that rank higher playing hockey…hockey and the inflated salary affords him the luxury to pursue his real interests. As I have suggested, unless Gonchar is a Dr Keon (sans the prostitutes) and can peform a heart transplant, he will not resurrect Kovalev’s game.

  6. AL says:

    Wow, really?! wow…. try posting something with substance next time instead of trying to stir the pot with controversy’s that don’t exist.. This is how rumours start my friend, and you’re the reason the players want out… cause they gotta put up with your stupidity.

  7. Pav says:

    ……. really?

  8. BobbyG says:

    I have never heard of a defenseman and a forward finding chemistry. Who did Orr, Park, Coffee, Savard, Robinson, Lapointe, Potvin have chemistry with…and who does Green, Keith, Lidstrom, Weber, have chemistry with? If you are talking about off the ice chemistry, the answer is, it doesn’t matter. Every team, just like your office, is made up of individuals. You may really like and bond with some and others are simply people you work with. It changes nothing. If the question is on ice chemistry with those players mentioned the answer is anyone on the ice at the time and that is why they are great. Gonchar is a defenceman first and a skilled hockey player second and as a result can elevate or dummy his game down to play with anyone…even Daisey the Air Rifle. Moreover, Gonchar and Kovalev have been in the NHL for quite some time now. Are they tight friends? I don’t know but suspect they are not. So to hope that Kovalev and Gonchar develop some chemistry (anywhere) is really very silly.

  9. Mike8888 says:

    I disagree Bobby. Some players have more chemistry with certain players. Especially on the power play. I believe malkin and Gonchar had that.

  10. BobbyG says:

    But of course some players have chemistry Mikey…but a very skilled defenceman and a very skilled forward like Malkin? That is a given! As I suggested, who doesn’t fit in when Weber, Seabrook, Keith, Lidstrom, Green and Doughty are on the ice? More accurately, who did Gonchar not have chemistry with? Can we name one? Was he not extremely good with Crosby? Who is known for having or not having chemistry with Orr, Park, Coffee and company? Name a defenceman Kovalev had chemistry with…the notion is silly really? As a defenceman it makes far more sense suggesting chemistry with his defence partner…but certainly not a forward and defenceman and definitely not Kovalev. Kovalev has chemistry with a full moon…he and it show up quarterly!

  11. Visitor says:

    Hello all,

    Since you know longer allow comments after articles, probably to pamper the feelings of millionaires, I’ll just post here.

    You, the Citizen and Team 1200 can coddle and hug Spezza all you want, but listening to him this afternoon it’s obvious he’s still missing a few nuts in his Meccano set. The guy burst into giggling talking about serious matters…is this really a guy that’s going to carry this team on his shoulders to a Cup win? Really?

    Clouston needs to have a long talk with him and tell him that defense is important, don’t rush plays, make the safe play when needed and get him a speech coach, for sake…a 27 year old man should not be giggling and alughing at the most mundane questions….it looks bad.

    Anyway, we’ll likely lose in the first round again but you guys will put blinders on and refuse to blame Spezza…our suffering as Sens fans is ffar from over I see…

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