A new season, a new challenge for one of the best players in the game overseas. According to players agent Allan Walsh, his client Jan Kovar is on his way to America to join a National Hockey League club shortly.
On Saturday, Walsh gave the update that Kovar had received several offers from different clubs around the NHL, and that his client is expected to make a choice on Sunday and make the announcement on where he will pursue his career.
Walsh qualifies Kovar as one of the top scorers of the KHL in the past seasons. The 28-year-old, who has never played in the NHL or was never drafted by one of the teams, has been quite the striker overseas indeed.
Despite a disappointing 2017-18 season, in which he only managed to tally seven goals and 35 points in 54 games, Kovar's four previous seasons with the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk saw him put up more than 20 goals each year, and finishing all four campaigns with more than 50 points overall each time.
He won the Gagarin Cup twice with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, back in the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. They were eliminated in the finals two seasons ago, at the hands of the SKA Saint Petersburg.
While Walsh mentioned that Kovar had received several different offers, the specific names of the clubs that are interested in the Czech player were not indicated in the report.
The creative centre could an interesting aspect to the game for many clubs in need in the NHL. When fans discussed the void down the middle of teams in the NHL, the name of the Montreal Canadiens of course come up, as they have been lacking the needed boost down the centre for quite a few seasons now.
While it has not been reported that the Habs are in the running for Kovak, Walsh is now the agent for Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and could have been able to convince the Habs to land the veteran player.
If not, many other teams are looking for a versatile player and we are sure he will get to show off his skills here in America... or in Canada!