Ex-New York Ranger and Montreal Canadien Alexei Kovalev, most famous for being a part of the Rangers’ 94 Stanley Cup winning team, is obviously not afraid to speak his mind. Just the other day Kovalev bashed one of the best defensemen in the game today, Canadiens’ P.K. Subban, and his new eight-year, $72 million contract, and did so in a very strange way. Kovalev bashed Subban and his new contract by comparing him to Ranger and NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch.
Kovalev, who played with Leetch on the Rangers throughout the 90s, said this about Subban in an interview the other day on TSN.
“So I always compare him with Brian Leetch, because he wants to play the same kind of style and be more offensive. He’s not making the right decisions. He’s making the risky plays, he’s not making the right decisions sometimes. He just plays like we used to play on the street — street hockey.”
I don’t know how he did it, but somehow Kovalev compared Subban to a Hall of Fame defenseman and turned it into something bad. I do think Subban’s contract is too long and for too much money, but that doesn’t mean I think Subban is not a good player. I just feel that long-term contracts never work out and that the NHL should make a rule that no one can sign for more than five years.
But anyway, that’s besides the point.
Back to the topic at hand, my response to Kovalev’s response is simple. He needs to shut his mouth. Kovalev will always be known as one of the best “what could have been” players in NHL history. Much like a former NHL center with the same first name, Alexei Yashin, Kovalev’s extreme inconsistency, mixed with his prone to laziness when the tough got going and not being the best of teammates in the locker room, Kovalev has no right to comment on anyone’s game frankly — not Subban’s, and definitely not Leetch’s.
For a player known as a disappointment like Kovalev is, the fact that he thinks Subban and Leetch make a lot of mistakes due to being too offensive-minded is a joke, especially to say that about Leetch. I mean, Leetch is one of the main reasons as to why Kovalev is even considered to be a Stanley Cup champion and is a Hall of Fame player to boot.
Seriously, come on Kovalev. Critique their games all you want, but at least Subban gives, and Leetch gave 100 percent every game, unlike you did.