Montreal Canadiens:Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu Won't Be Forgotten

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IJuly 11, 2009

A lot happened with the Montreal Canadiens since July 1st.  New players came in the organization, while other players to who we cheered night after night in front of our television sets or at the Bell Centre went to other teams.

Here are two players that will be missed the most by the fans of the Montreal Canadiens.

Saku Koivu, our beloved former team captain became a Duck. But the fans won't be hunting him the next time the Ducks play in Montreal. Like one of my friends told me yesterday "I can't believe I'm gonna say this..but I'm gonna miss him. Someone will be missing on opening night at the Bell Center..."

I'm sure he'll be missed by many fans in Montreal. The media often criticized him for not speaking French, but Koivu held his head up high and gave it his best while playing in Montreal.

While with the Canadiens, Koivu suffered from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and many injuries, but he always came back.

"The Artist" Alexei Kovalev became a Senator. No, you won't see Kovalev at the Parliament in Ottawa in a heated debate with other politicians. But you'll see him with the Ottawa Senators.

Just like Koivu, fans in Montreal like him...Ok let me rephrase that. Some fans like him, but he won't be booed the next time he comes to the Bell Centre that I can tell you.

Kovalev's fans held a protest when Habs GM Bob Gainey refused to give Kovalev a new contract. There was even a petition going around online.

Gainey didn't change his mind. He stated that Kovalev was offered a contract, but never heard from him. Kovalev on the other hand stated that the Habs didn't give him enough time.

With a new head coach and new players on the team will the Montreal Canadiens be a better team?

We'll soon find out!

On a personal note,I want to say thanks to Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev for their many years with the Montreal Canadiens.