Ilya Kovalchuk has repeated time after time, before his transfer to Washington, that he has enjoyed his stay in Montreal and that it is not ruled out a return with the Canadian the next year.
It seems that the Russian striker does not sing the apple supporters and journalists when he made such remarks, since his mother suggests that it is really his wish.
“As far as I know, he has a desire to return to Montreal next year. Unless, of course, that the circumstances (not allowed)”, said Lyubov Nikolaevna in a recent interview to the Russian media Argumenty i Fakty.
The mother of the veteran 37-year-old also told her that he has experienced difficult times shortly before the Los Angeles Kings decide to terminate his contract in December.
“I was aware of the situation surrounding my son more than those who have written about it. Of course, he shared his thoughts, and he was really upset. It was a situation unpleasant and psychologically difficult, but he always said that all would be well.”
As a matter of fact, accept the offer of a one-year contract and$ 700,000 (in two parts) of the Blue-White-Red on January 3, has not been slow to transform their state of mind.
“When he joined the Canadian winter, his game has changed immediately. Ilya has been welcomed by his new club, and it was easier on the plan of the moral,” says the mother, who also fell under the charm of the quebec metropolis.
“I liked the team and the city,” she admitted, explaining that the transaction with the Capitals allowed him to play for the only trophy he has not brandished in the course of his career.
“It is the only reward that Ilya has not won. Therefore, it has changed again for the team.”
The reaction of Kovalchuk
The statements of Mrs. Nikolaevna, “Kovy” is simply to say that her mother wants her well.
“It is the wish of my mother, first of all, he indicated in an interview with the site Sport-Express on Wednesday. She knows that I was in Montreal. This is a very good team, and I was treated very well. But I can say the same thing about Washington.
“I am glad of everything that happened (after the Kings).”
Author of 13 points in 22 games with the Habs, Kovalchuk admit that the atmosphere and the passion contained in the montreal market are second to none. Starting from the Bell Centre.
“Many athletes love to play there. Even when you are visiting, it is as if you were at home. The building is always filled. In addition, the theater is more vertical than elsewhere, which gives the impression that the spectators are closer to the ice.
“In Los Angeles, the supporters are eating a little and talking. In Montreal, all the fans in the bleachers are aware of the smallest details in hockey.”
Traded to the “Caps” on the 23rd of February last, in return for a selection of third round in the next draft, Kovalchuk has scored a goal and four points in seven games in the federal capital american. The troupe Todd Reirden was the first rank of the Metropolitan section with a folder of 41-20-8 before the suspension calendar.