Kovalev's struggles worry Murray

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

The Senators and Alex Kovalev donít agree on why the winger is off to a slow start.

While Senators GM Bryan Murray told reporters he doesnít believe the Russian veteran has fully recovered from knee surgery he had in April, Kovalev scoffed at the suggestion Wednesday.

ďNot very good,Ē said Murray when asked how he felt about Kovalevís play. ďIt looks like his skating isnít where it was last year. I think there are lingering effects maybe from the surgery he had.

ďIím hoping thatís part of it and Iím hoping as time goes on, he gets going. I donít think Alex is where he will be. We need him to be a good hockey player and to be a creative player. He doesnít need to be a star. He has to be creative and help players he plays with. I expect that will happen.Ē

Kovalev didnít agree with Murrayís assessment of his skating.

ďLast year, people talked about how I wasnít skating, either,Ē said Kovalev. ďI donít know where the truth lies. Last year or this year? Iím skating better than last year. Personally, thatís the way I feel.Ē

Kovalev said heís trying to improve.

ďIím working and trying to get better,Ē said Kovalev. ďItís not always working the way you want, but Iím going to just keep trying and things will start working. Itís the same thing for our team.

ďThereís ups and downs during the season. Hopefully, that down part is happening now.Ē


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