According to TSN:
General manager Bob Gainey told Montreal radio station CJAD that the team made an offer to Kovalev last week, but the Russian winger took to long to consider the deal, forcing the Canadiens to go in another direction.
The Habs added Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers on the eve of the opening of free agency. The team then signing Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill the next day.
He's a good player at times and when he was a New York Ranger he was one of my favorites, but he is way too much like Nik Zherdev. He'll show up when he wants to and New York needs someone who is going to show up to play every single night.
Where's Kovalev going now?