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With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin hurt, Alexei Kovalev had a great opportunity to increase his stock value at the end of the season. However, in 20 games for the Penguins, Kovalev laid an egg with only two goals and five assists.
He absolutely disappeared in the playoffs, scoring only a goal and an assist in the Penguins' seven-game series loss to the Lightning.
Although he showed more passion than usual for the Penguins in the last few months of the season, Kovalev is known for being lethargic and disinterested at times. The only way Kovalev will show passion is if he signs with a contender. No contender is going to want to have Kovalev, who will turn 39 this season, on their team. Kovalev will most likely not want to pay for a team that isn't a contender unless they pay him big. Quite frankly, he doesn't deserve the money.
There are better players to overpay for.