Report: Kovalev dealt to Penguins
Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 12:49 PM / 2011 Trade Deadline
continued to remodel the forward corps of the Pittsburgh Penguins
by reportedly adding Alex Kovalev
from the Ottawa Senators
for a conditional draft pick.
Injuries have decimated the Penguins up front, but earlier this week Shero added power forward James Neal
in a deal that sent defenseman Alex Goligoski
to Dallas and has now acquired the talented but mercurial Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators
Kovalev has 14 goals and 27 points in 54 games this season. Six of those goals have come in the past 10 games, and Shero is banking on a move to a contender helping the production of one of the most skilled players in the League.
The right wing, who turns 38 years old today, spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins, and had his most productive season (44 goals, 95 points in 2000-01) with the organization. He had to waive a no-trade clause for the deal to happen, according to reports.
Ottawa moved Kovalev at about the same time it picked up forward Marek Svatos
, who was waived Wednesday by Nashville.
The Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin
for the rest of the season because of a knee injury, but could have captain Sidney Crosby
back from a concussion. Arron Asham
, Nick Johnson
and Eric Tangradi
are also missing because of concussions.
Other guys currently out include third-leading scorer Chris Kunitz
(lower body), and centers Mark Letestu
and Dustin Jeffrey
(both with knee injuries) -- though Kunitz could be close to returning.
Just as the Penguins might be getting closer to having some of the injured forwards back, the defense corps has taken a big hit. Already missing Paul Martin
because of an upper-body injury, Brooks Orpik
reportedly will miss significant time after injuring his hand during a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks
Orpik used his hand to block a shot by Sharks forward Patrick Marleau
at Consol Energy Center. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
said he expects Orpik to be back before the end of the regular season, according to reports coming out of Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Orpik is a stay-at-home defenseman with 1 goal and 11 assists in 56 games. He hasn't played less than 70 games in a season since 2006-07.