Alexei Kovalev the Root of the Sens' Demise

Gerald NortonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2011

MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 24: Alex Kovalex #27 of the Ottawa Senators is tripped up by Mathieu Carle #72 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 24, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Montreal defeated Ottawa by a score of 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Kovalev grenade has gone off, and the collateral damage is extensive.

Will it cost the coach his job? He’s the guy who keeps playing him.

The GM? He’s the one who signed him (or is he?).

Or will it cost the team more losses? Make no mistake, Kovalev HAS been a locker room issue, and the longer he is allowed to walk around like the bosses son while others pay the price the worse this team is going to perform.

Kovalev’s presence is killing this team and whoever is protecting him needs to suck it up for the sake of the team.

I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again, kick him out of the dressing room, NOW!

Nothing else will bring the “change” this team needs, absolutely nothing.