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NHL Veterans Kovalev, Kostitsyn Get Tryout Offers With Florida Panthers

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One of the best players to spawn from Russia, Alex Kovalev has a chance to help Florida's young core, if he can make the team. Update: RDS reports former Predators forward Andrei Kostitsyn has also been offered a tryout with Florida.

Alex Kovalev (center) will tryout for the Panthers
Alex Kovalev (center) will tryout for the Panthers
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First it was Marek Svatos, now it's Alex Kovalev. The 39 year-old Tolyatti, Russia native is reportedly invited to the Florida Panthers training camp on a tryout. Kovalev, a member of the NHL's 400 goal club, and 71st in all-time scoring, played 22 games with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL, scoring six points (one goal, five assists). Released from his two-year commitment to Atlant Moscow thanks to a knee injury, Kovalev made his desire to return to the NHL very public.

The 15th overall pick in 1991 by the New York Rangers, "AK27" brings a lot of experience, another Stanley Cup, and leadership, all things Dale Tallon likes in his players. His last season in the NHL was in 2010-11 with the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, where he scored 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 74 games.

Season Team Age GP G A PTS +/- TOI PPTOI SHTOI OGVT DGVT SGVT GVT
2008-09 MTL 35 78
26
39
65
-5
19:25
4:13
1:30
9.9
0.7
0.9
11.5
2009-10 OTT 36 77
18
31
49
-8
18:09
3:14
0:10
6.0
1.3
1.8
9.1
2010-11 PIT,OTT 37 74
16
18
34
-6
16:30
2:43
0:08
3.3
1.1
0.8
5.2

Update: Andrei Kostitsyn will be the third player offered a spot in camp in the last two days. Kostitsyn split last season between the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators, racking up 16 goals and 20 assists in 72 games, including 3 goals and an assist in 8 playoff games with the Predators.