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Kovalev hoping for another shot with Habs

Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 3:31 PM / News

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Kovalev hoping for another shot with Habs
Alex Kovalev told the Montreal Gazette he would like to play the 2012-13 season for one of his former teams, with the Canadiens his top choice.

Alex Kovalev wants to return to the NHL.

The veteran forward Thursday told the Montreal Gazette he would like to play the 2012-13 season for one of his former teams, with the Montreal Canadiens his top choice.

"Hopefully, I'll find an NHL team," said Kovalev, 39. "The preference is always going to be a team I've played on because you know the environment.

"And I'd definitely like to come back to Montreal. They're all about the young guys, but I can help in all different ways. And I can still play. I have a lot of energy."

Kovalev signed a two-year contract last year to play in the KHL, but has been released from that deal. He was limited by a knee injury to just 22 games.

Kovalev played for the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins before he was traded to Montreal during the 2003-04 season. After four seasons, he signed with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent. He was traded back to the Penguins and played his last NHL game in 2011.

"I always think about having left Montreal," he said. "You make a mistake in life and you learn from it. I would make a different move if I could have that back.

"I'm working hard, training three times a week and keeping in shape. Hopefully, somebody will get interested."

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