Is the romance between Ottawa and Alexei Kovalev already on the rocks? Just nine games into his first season as a Senator, the stress cracks were showing. Expected to be the high-flyer who would help carry the club back to the playoffs, AK27 has sputtered.á Between Daniel AlfredssonÆs dour work ethic, aw-shucks-eh Jason Spezza, the hardhat and lunch-pail play of Chris Neil and Matt Carkner, and the goalmouth acrobatics of Pascal Leclaire, LÆArtiste Alex fits nowhere in the picture. In Montreal, his relationship with the team, fans, and press was one of love-hate. But they had a passion for Comrade Alexei Vyacheslavovich. Kovalev needs the passion. Ottawa, with its civil servants, tech heads, and blue-collar workers, has none of the pizazz of his former homes in Montreal and New York tha ...
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