Psychotics are less delusional than how Kovalev remembers his NHL career.
Q. You have a reputation that Kovalev may be excellent in one game, and the next game you cannot see him.
KOVALEV: "One journalist wrote it when I was still playing in New York, and then it all started. There are such reporters, who don't watch hockey, don't understand it — but they will still say that Kovalev doesn't give his all. That he plays whenever he wants. They are short on their own opinion."'
He berates the Ottawa media, for apparently channeling all their anger towards him and bringing beer through the airport.
Just once, I'd to hear a mercurial superstar who shat away talent through multiple disputes with coaches and management say: "Yeah, I bounced around quite a bit because I had a bad attitude and I didn't listen to anyone's advice. There were years there, where I literally did not break a sweat. But that's over now and I want to contribute in a positive way to a team with great ambition."
He almost says that here:
I am approached on the street in Montreal, New York and told one thing: 'Don't take the bad to your head. We always support and love you. You're the best.'
But probably not Pittsburgh:
"Getting Malkin back and he's already signed, the need for a soft floating Euro with effort issues is going to be filled."
"I noticed him when he was turning the puck over. That and anytime he tried to play a puck along the wall."