"We skate hard, we shoot hard. There is no more creativity, nothing, it is not pleasant to watch. I do not like the way hockey has evolved. " - Alexei Kovalev
As far as takes are concerned, I would grade this one a 'D' and - if we are being completely honest - it's only because I feel bad giving Alexei Kovalev an 'F' after how hard he worked to be a contrarian. So no, there is absolutely nothing reality-based about a critique that completely ignores the vast improvements hockey has made in terms of watchability, but if your going to claim a lack of creativity from players with never-before-seen skill sets then you damn well better do so creatively. Alexei Kovalev has clearly forgotten about the days in which a dump-and-a-chase could only be properly combatted by a clutch-and-a-grab, but hey...at least he's staying true to the philosophy of most former athletes by harboring a completely irrational disdain for everyone that's come after him.
If you watched an NHL game during Alexei Kovalev's prime and followed it up by watching a current NHL game you'd be closer to considering the entire concept of nostalgia to be a myth than you would be to longing for "the good old days" in which a simple toe drag was as mind blowing as a touch-screen cell phone. I'm not exactly Charles Darwin but I do know that the theory of evolution is reliant on adapting and improving, so I think the word Alexei Kovalev was looking for was "regressed" in his nonsensical claim that the sport of hockey - while churning out teenage sensations by the dozen - has become less aesthetically palatable. For the first time - possibly ever - the league employs multiple people that would make AK27 look as deadly as a squirt gun, so maybe he should tune in and watch the next generation dance through defenders in a way that would leave him feeling like the old white dangling around the periphery of the party.