Ilya Kovalchuk is on the ice.
Kovalchuk has missed the Devils last seven games with a shoulder injury. New Jersey has struggled without him in the lineup. He is firing light wrist-shots at Brodeur so he clearly is not ready to go yet, but it is a positive sign.
Source: Rich Chere 04/9/13, 6:46 am EST
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said this morning that there is still no exact timetable for Ilya Kovalchuk’s return from his right shoulder injury, but he expects he will be back to help the team fight to get into the playoffs.
How many games Kovalchuk will be back in time to play is unknown. He obviously won’t play in Saturday’s home game against Toronto (or Sunday in Buffalo). Forward Steve Sullivan will play, though, for the first time since being reacquired in Wednesday’s trade with Phoenix.
Source: Tom Gulitti 04/5/13, 9:47 am EST
Lamoriello said initial prognosis is Kovalchuk will miss 2-4 weeks. He's having MRI right now. X-ray was negative.
Kovalchuk does not require surgery. This is a tough break for the Devils and Kovalchuk's fantasy owners. With only a few weeks left in the Fantasy season, Kovalchuk will be on the shelf for the majority of it.
It is inevitable Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Devils for at least part of training camp, but the timing of that return from Russia may determine whether the big winger has created any hard feelings among his teammates or management.
Either way, it's good news that Kovy is going to be returning to the NHL despite missing some camp.
Source: Rich Chere 01/11/13, 7:14 am EST
Going by what Jay Grossman (Kovalchuk's agent) and Lou Lamoriello said yesterday, I have no evidence that Kovalchuk doesn't intend to return
Despite the rumours - and still suiting up for his KHL club today - Kovalchuk is still expected to return this season.
Source: Tom Gulitti 01/8/13, 4:48 am EST
Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk said he is “ready to go” in Game 3 against the Flyers tonight after missing Game 2 on Tuesday night with a lower-back injury.
Coach DeBoer says Kovy will be a gametime decision but you'd have to believe he will play if he feels he can.
DeBoer said Kovalchuk is seeing “doctors” today and the team will see how he feels Thursday morning before deciding whether he will play in Game 3.
Kovy will certainly help the Devils and your fantasy team if he can make it back for Game 3.
Source: Tom Gulitti 05/2/12, 7:58 am EST
Devils' President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello announces that Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Tuesday's Game 2 in Philadelphia due to a lower body injury.
Looks like a groin injury but we don't know the severity. This certainly deals quite a blow to the Devils.
Kovalchuk on scoring four goals in the last five games: "That's what I should do. That's why I'm here."
Might be time to try and buy low on the Russian sniper.
Source: Tom Gulitti 12/8/11, 7:25 pm EST
Yes. RT @HurriKaneTazer: @TGfireandice Kovalchuk look to be ok and in the lineup?
If there was any doubt Kovalchuk was playing tonight, now there isn't. Feel free to start your superstar winger with confidence.
Kovalchuk spent a lot of time in the trainer’s room after tonight’s game, but insisted he was fine from the collision with Jack Skille 9:00 into the third period that took his legs out from under him.
Kovalchuk has been playing banged up over the last couple of games but probably plays through his likely groin injury. Should he miss any time, we will be sure to let you know.
Source: Fire & Ice 11/22/11, 6:25 am EST
DeBoer said they didn't want to play Kovalchuk on consecutive nights following injury, so they sat him in Boston to give him extra day.
Kovalchuk will draw back into the lineup tonight and play on the top line. Remember to set your lineups accordingly.
“Almost,” Kovalchuk said in the press box when I asked him later about playing tonight. He said it was Pete DeBoer’s decision to hold him out and that he “probably” will play Wednesday in Buffalo.
Check back for an update prior to Wednesday night's game against the Sabres.
Source: Fire & Ice 11/15/11, 6:18 pm EST
“It feels pretty good and I think I’m going to take warm-up tonight and we’ll make a decision then,” Kovalchuk said. Kovalchuk said he’d have a better idea of whether he’ll play after his pre-game nap this afternoon.
Kovalchuk wants in for tonight's game and may get his wish if he skates well in warmups. Check back before game time for an official decision.
Source: Fire & Ice 11/15/11, 9:16 am EST
DeBoer said Kovalchuk won't play tonight.
Kovalchuk will not play tonight due to a groin injury. Check back for his status on tomorrow's game.
Kovalchuk will go tlo boston and may play
Kovalchuk admitted to wanting to be 100 percent before returning. He did not participate in a full practice today but did skate before practice and stay around for most of it. Expect another update tomorrow.
Kovalchuk and Rod Pelley are wearing green jerseys as extra forwards.
Kovalchuk returns to practice, skating on his own for a number of minutes before joining the rest of the team. Look for him to return when he practices with his normal linemates.
Pete DeBoer confirms that Ilya Kovalchuk won't play tonight. DeBoer also said Kovalchuk won't go to Washington for Saturday's game.
If you own Kovalchuk, bench him tonight and tomorrow. Nick Palmieri will take his place on the top line for now.
Kovalchuk not practicing with Devils again today
Doesn't bode well for his chances of playing tomorrow although he did skate yesterday. We likely won't know his official status until tomorrow.
Kovalchuk will not play
If you own him, bench him. He did participate in almost a full practice which is a good indicator he will return shortly.
Source: Rich Chere 11/8/11, 6:44 am EST