Just as he did last week during the Free Agent Frenzy, saying "... this would mark the end for Alex with the Canadiens." As he did by virtue of signing free agents Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta(notes) to huge contracts. The next step was probably a squadron of airplanes flying over the city, skywriting bilingual proclamations that Kovalev's done with the Habs; let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period is on the Kovalev story, so check out his Twitter feed for updates. His potential destinations are tantalizing if his price comes down. Where do you think he fits best?
If nothing else, Gainey's announcement may put an end to the burgeoning "Save Kovy!" cottage industry that's exploded in Montreal in the last week.
Fans of Montreal Canadiens player Alex Kovalev used the power of the Internet to organize a rally outside of the Bell Centre Sunday afternoon, in the hopes of keeping him in Montreal. Kovalev supporters were at the Bell Centre's Centennial Plaza from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Organizers used the social networking site Facebook to plan the event, and more than 18,000 people have signed so far signed two online petitions in support of "Kovy". On the Facebook page for the event, there are dozens of comments from hockey fans of all stripes. "Kovalev!!! He's a player of the people!" writes Dima Moz.