Angry Kovalev: I'm a scapegoat

Alexei Kovalev broke his silence Friday about being demoted to the fourth line, and says he feels...

Alexei Kovalev broke his silence Friday about being demoted to the fourth line, and says he feels he's the scapegoat for Ottawa's underproducing club. (QMI File)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

Alexei Kovalev says he’s been made the scapegoat and that’s why he’s on the fourth line.

Frustrated with coach Cory Clouston, the Senators winger told reporters Friday he doesn’t know why he’s being made the scapegoat for the club’s struggles.

“It looks like it right now,” said Kovalev. “There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m not the only one not playing well and he decides to pick me. It’s been happening my whole career. I accept that.”

Kovalev denied he asked to be traded in his first public comments since being moved to the fourth line.

“Sometimes it’s hard because you always find (yourself) as the goat to blame it on,” said Kovalev. “Like I said, I’m used to it, it’s been happening my whole career. I accept that.”

What is going wrong?

“Nothing is going wrong. I never make Christmas wishes, but I think at this point I wish people would stop picking my brain and just let me play the way I can. That’s the only Christmas wish I can have right now,” said Kovalev.

Kovalev wouldn’t say who he was pointing the finger at, but it appears to be Clouston.

“I just don’t understand because sometimes when you start playing well, and everything goes well, they start brain-picking again,” said Kovalev. “I don’t know why it keeps happening and why they don’t just let me play like I can. I don’t know if it’s some kind of jealousy or something else.”

The Senators are gearing up to battle the New Jersey Devils tonight at Scotiabank Place.


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