Trade Deadline Candidate: Alex Kovalev

I am going to start a series of looking at certain players that the Penguins may consider trading for before February 28. The first one is Alex Kovalev, of the Ottawa Senators.

RW Alex Kovalev

Age: 37 Height: 6’2 Weight: 222 Shoots: Left Cap Hit: $5 Million

Stats in 2010-11: 47 Games Played, 11 Goals, 12 Assists, 23 Points, -11,

Kevin Allen of the USA Today had this to say: “The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking at their options for a scoring winger. If Evgeni Malkin goes on the long-term injured reserve, they suddenly have more reason and more cap space to make things work. I think everyone in the NHL believes they willend up with Alexei Kovalev because he always played his best hockey in Pittsburgh. He was very popular with fans.”

All Pens fans remember Kovalev when he played for Pittsburgh from 1998 to 2003. His best season in the NHL was in 2000-01, where he scored 44 goals and racked up 95 points for the Penguins. He was a crucial part of the team until they shipped him to the New York Rangers in 2003 for a package that included Rico Fata. Kovalev has a ton of skill offensively, but can turn the puck over sometimes. With him available, the Penguins are definitely an team that you cannot rule out with the injuries of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. The real question is: Is he worth the $5 million? He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but could provide some offense for the team this season. If it goes well, who knows what could happen.

Readers: Would you trade for Alex Kovalev if it did not take much?