In the few games that Ilya Kovalchuk played in Philips Arena as a visitor after the Thrashers traded him in February 2010 to New Jersey, it was common for fans to shower him with boos every time he touched the puck.
Who knew that when the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg this past offseason that that tradition would seemingly travel with them.
When New Jersey played at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Saturday for the first time, Kovalchuk again was booed every time he touched the puck in a 4-2 Jets victory.
After the game, Kovalchuk owner of typical Russian sardonic wit offered up this quote, as reported by the Newark Star-Ledger:
They should support me. Maybe Im one of the reasons they moved here.
Ouch. For Thrashers fans who are still suffering over the loss of their team, that one stings -- especially coming from a player who undoubtedly loved the city and enjoyed making Atlanta his home.
When Kovalchuk says he might be one of the reasons why the franchise moved, he obviously is...