It's funny when a player gets signed and ownership gets upset when the player plays the way that they have their entire career. It's like getting angry at ice because it's cold. Ottawa ownership is disappointed in the slumping Alex Kovalev, whose last goal going into Tuesday night's game against Montreal was Oct. 29. Owner Eugene Melnyk has been complaining his top players haven't stepped up enough. When Ottawa signed Kovalev, they were probably looking at his last two seasons in Montreal, when he had 26 goals and 39 assists in 2008-09 and 35 goals and 49 assists in 2007-08—relatively solid numbers for a 36-year-old guy who entered the league in 1992. That's always been the book on Kovalev; he can look like an amazing player in two-year increments. But when you look at larger chunks ...
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