By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Free agent center Jan Kovar is giving the Boston Bruins organization a try, agent Allan Walsh confirmed via Twitter.
Per Walsh, the 28-year-old Kovar will play with the Providence Bruins for the next three weeks, which will then allow Walsh and his client to go over their NHL options. Kovar, of course, had his one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders terminated last week after a failure to report to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the Islanders.
Used sparingly in the preseason, the potential of a Kovar move to another organization was always on the table if he did not make the Isles out of training camp, according to Islanders front office boss Lou Lamoriello.
“If [Kovar] did not make our team, it was the decision that he would be going back [to the KHL],” Lamoriello told Newsday. “He did not make the team, which meant he was going back and we could terminate his contract because that was within the rules.”
A center that’s recorded 97 goals and 286 points in 285 KHL games over the last five seasons (and added 32 goals and 91 points in 83 playoff games over that span), Kovar could fill a need for a Boston team that’s still without a solution at their third-line pivot spot. But that will have to start in the AHL, where Kovar will certainly get to play, as emphasized by his agent’s tweet.
It may be worth noting that Walsh has a seemingly positive relationship with B’s general manager Don Sweeney, as he also represents Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak, as well as prospect Jakub Zboril. Bruins forwards David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk are also represented by Octagon Hockey.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.