Alex Kovalev, then of the Ottawa Senators is congratulated by teamates after his goal against the New Jersey Devils during a game earlier this month.
The Penguins today reacquired Alexei Kovalev, shown here in a 2001 photo, who was a fan favorite during his first tenure with the Penguins.
In 345 regular season games for the Penguins, forward Alex Kovalev scored 347 points.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins, looking to add some scoring with a lot of forwards injured, today acquired winger Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional 2011 seventh-round draft pick.
Kovalev, who turns 38 today, has 426 goals and 1,017 points in 1,282 career NHL games. He was with the Penguins from 1998-99 through 2002-03 and topped 20 goals each season, scoring 44 in 2000-01.
Kovalev is in the second season of a two-year, $10 million contract and is eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1. The Senators have made several personnel moves and have wanted to trade Kovalev before Monday's NHL trade deadline.
Kovalev is high skilled but has been knocked for at times falling into a funk. He has 14 goals, 27 points in 54 games with Ottawa this season.
The Penguins are without top centers Sidney Crosby, who has a concussion, and Evgeni Malkin, who had season-ending knee surgery.
If the Penguins win the first round of the playoffs and Kovalev plays in at least half the games, the compensation going to the Senators would jump to a sixth-rounder. The Penguins had two seventh-round picks this year before the trade.