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Posts Tagged Ilya Kovalchuk
- Tom Gulitti: Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador on returning from his bruised wrist: ”It looks like I’m going to run out of time.”
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk wants to play again this season, even if they are eliminated. He has had no thought of shutting it down.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Recond: It’s sounding like Kovalchuk could play today.
“I felt the best so far that I felt,” Kovalchuk said. “I feel pretty confident. I took a couple of one-timers and a little bit of contact, so it’s good.”
“I feel much better than even a couple of days ago,” Kovalchuk said. “With that kind of injury, it’s not just ups and downs. It’s always the same and then you make progress. It’s almost four weeks now, so I feel much better definitely, but if I’m going to play or not, you should ask Pete.”
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert broke his finger on Thursday against the Kings. There is no timeline yet, but it could be two to four weeks, according to Calvert.
- Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarsson hopes to play tonight against the Senators.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Mike Smith has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, but he could return today. Smith skated for 45 minutes yesterday.
“That’s a positive sign,” Tippett said about Smith. “So we’ll see where he’s at (Saturday) morning.”
Coyotes winger Lauri Korpikoski, who has been out with an upper-body injury, could return as well.
- Tom Gulitti: Ilya Kovalchuk said yesterday that he needs “a few more days” for his shoulder to gain more strength. He doesn’t think he’ll travel with the team on Sunday to Toronto on Monday night.
- Chris Nichols: Flames winger Alex Tanguay will be out four to six weeks with a grade two MCL sprain.
- Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ales Hemsky will miss at least two more of the teams remaining seven games with a foot injury. The team asked Hemsky not to give details of the injury. He’ll have another MRI later this week.
- Josh Yohe: Penguins Evgeni Malkin was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury. The Penguins confirm the injury is ”100 percent not related to sunburn.”
- Lou Korac: Blues TJ Oshie is close to returning. They didn’t skate yesterday, but skated well in previous days.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Patrice Bergeron could return to the Bruins lineup as early as Monday against the Senators. Bergeron missed his sixth straight game yesterday due to a concussion.
“There’s no limitations anymore,” Bergeron said. “I can initiate contact and take contact and practice, obviously. Teammates always take it easy on you. But I feel fine. It’s good news that I’m cleared for that.”
- Ian Mendes: Devils coach Peter DeBoer confirms that Ilya Kovalchuk won’t play tonight against the Senators. Said he’s still day-to-day.
- Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Dave Bolland won’t play tonight, but said he’ll travel with the team for Sunday’s game in St. Louis.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils Johan Hedberg’s sore back isn’t good enough for him to be the backup tonight. He didn’t skate today.
- Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin; Erat/Volpatti-Ribeiro-Brouwer; Chimera-Perreault-Fehr; Wolski-Hendricks-Beagle.
- Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks lines: Saad-Toews-Hossa, Sharp-Kruger-Kane, Bickell-Handzus-Stalberg, Carcillo-Shaw-Frolik.
- Michael Russo: Wild lines: Coyle back w top line;Pominville w Brodziak/Bouchard; Rupp w Mitchell/Clutterbuck; Konopka (Zucker coming?) w Granlund/Seto
- Aaron Portzline: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets against the Blues.
- Josh Cooper: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators against the Stars.
- Tracey Myers: Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings.
Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
- Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.
“I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”
- Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
- Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
- Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
- Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
- Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
- Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.
From twitter unless otherwise noted
- David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul had off-ice workouts yesterday and is still day-to-day. He won’t play in New York.
- Helene St. James: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Darren Helm won’t play again this season.
- Mark Stepneski: Stars Lane MacDermid is out another week with a “chest bruise.”
- Rich Chere: Ilya Kovalchuk said it’s going to take a few more days.
- Elliott Pap: Canucks winger Chris Higgins‘ lower-body injury is believed to be a sprained a knee.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild winger Dany Heatley will be out the rest of the season including the playoffs after having shoulder surgery yesterday.
- Renaud Lavoie: Senators Erik Karlsson should be able to return to the Senators lineup in 3 to 4 weeks if all rehab goes well.
- Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Davis Drewiske will replace Alexei Emelin along side Andrei Markov. Josh Gorges and P.K. Subban will remain together. Francis Bouillon will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu. Rene Bourque is ready to return after missing 21 games with a concussion.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a right shoulder injury.
- Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: ”Danny Briere was injured in practice yesterday & is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Alexei Ponikarovsky was put on the IR retroactive to March 19th.
Roster notes: waivers, Jets claim Peluso, Kovalchuk, Visnovsky, Etem, Gibson, Bodie, Parent, Rosehill and Maple Leafs
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Sharks waivers: Danny Groulx. Flyers waivers: Andreas Lilja, Brian Boucher. Hurricanes waivers: Brett Bellemore, Nicolas Blanchard, M-A Gragnani, Justin Krueger, Jerome Samson, Chris Terry, Justin Peters. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Scott Gomez and Wade Redden put on waivers for purpose of buyout.
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The Jets claim Anthony Peluso on waivers from the Blues.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Ilya Kovalchuk was back on the ice with the Devils today.
“I never thought about wanting to stay because I have a contract,” he said. “How could I stay (there) when I have a contract here?”
Kovalchuk said all the talk about him wanting to stay in the KHL were from the Russian media and not from something he said.
“I don’t know where you read all those comments but I have a contract here, and in the KHL they have a rule that as soon as the lockout ends, we come back, so nobody has a choice,” he said.
He added that reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin offered him a bunch of money to stay in Russia were “not true.”
- Arthur Staple via twitter: Lubomir Visnovsky should arrive in Long Island around the 1st week of February.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks are sending right winger Emerson Etem back to the AHL and goalie John Gibson back to Kitchener of the OHL.
- James Mirtle via twitter: The Ducks sign Troy Bodie, Ryan Parent and Jay Rosehill to 1 year deals.
- James Mirtle via twitter: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said there will be cuts [today].
Lamoriello fine with Kovalchuk … Lightning won’t add to roster … On waivers yesterday … Hockey is Back Video
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Ilya Kovalchuk explained why he wanted to stay and play in the KHL all-star, and he understands why he wanted too. Dan Rosen via twitter: Lamoriello added: ”I’m very comfortable with the situation. No penalty involved. No disrespect involved. There will be no repurcussions.” He understands the situation, calling it, “extenuating circumstances.” Lamoriello said he is not in violation of his contract. Kovalchuk is expected to arrive on Tuesday, and will be at the Devils practice on Wednesday.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Kovalchuk is still a right winger. He’d been playing left wing in Russia according to game sheets and the teams postings on twitter.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t expect to add to his roster before Saturday. Any openings at forward will be filled from within.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Put on waivers yesterday: “ANA: J Hendry, P Maroom, N Guenin, M Smaby. BUF: J Finley, D Leggio, D Schliestel. CBJ: C Bass, A Joudrey. CBJ: R Russell, N Drazenovic. MTL: C Desjardins. Alain Berger on $125 waivers presumably for purposes of mutual contract termination. NSH: M Moore. WPG: Ben Maxwell. PIT: S McIntyre, J Zatkoff, B Thiessen.”
Medvedev coming to N.A. to talk Kovalchuk buyout … Teams could look at Hemsky … Reasons for Flyers to go after Luongo
- Igor Eronko via twitter: KHL president Alex Medvedev said he’ll be heading to North America in February to talk to the Devils about a contract buyout for Ilya Kovalchuk to bring him back to Russia.
- The Fourth Period: With the Oilers in need of some help on the blueline, they may look at moving Ales Hemsky this season. They had inquiries last season, but decided in the end to keep him and sign him to a 2 year contract extension. At last years draft, they reportedly turned down an offer from the Canadiens that included P.K. Subban for the 1st overall pick. The Oilers may look to send him to an Eastern Conference team. The Panthers, Devils, Islanders and Jets would all like to add a player like Hemsky and could target him. The Oilers and Jets could look at Zach Bogosian in a deal according to a league source.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Hurricanes trade Brian Boucher and Mark Alt to the Flyers for Luke Pither.
- John Boruk via twitter: Boruk looks at 4 reasons why the Flyers may explore a trade for Roberto Luongo. 1. Upgrading the position 2. Compliance buyout – would owe Ilya Bryzgalov about $23 million on a buyout. 3. The new “Luongo Rule” 4. Failure to bolster the defense.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Carolina is looking for a 4th liner with some size and toughness.
- TSN: Video of James Duthie sitting down with Brian Burke to discuss his firing.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Canadiens have announced that 27 players will be attending training camp, including Mike Commodore, Alex Galchenyuk, Jarred Tinordi and Brendan Gallagher. There will be 16 forwards, 9 defense and 2 goalies.
- NY Islanders via twitter: Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart have been recalled by the Islanders to attend training camp.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: The Islanders made travel arrangements to have Lubomir Visnovsky flown in to New York for physicals on Sunday. Visnovsky didn’t get on it. It looks like this will have to be settled between the NHL and KHL. B.D. Gallof via twitter: Visnovsky is testing the KHL/NHL agreement. If the KHL says no, he’ll be back with the Islanders. If they say yes, he’ll remain in the KHL.
- Corey Pronman via twitter: The Hurricanes are bringing Jeremy Welsh, Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman, Bobby Sanguinetti and Ryan Murphy into camp.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: The Capitals have sent Tom Poti to Hershey on a conditioning assignment.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Mathieu Darche will be at the Devils camp without a contract.
- John Shannon via twitter: “No formal signing of CBA is being contemplated yet. Still hammering out a Memorandum of Understanding for both sides. Told that there is exchange of many drafts of CBA language which will be attached to MOU. Actual CBA isn’t going to be signed for awhile. Camp and Regular Season will begin with only MOU signed, once Players’ on-line vote is completed on Saturday.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Players started the ratification vote last night. Voting ends Saturday morning at 8 AM.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Realignment and Olympic participation will be looked after the CBA is ratified. One owner said he’d be surprised if the NHL didn’t take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but added that the KHL threats to keep NHL players may put a wrinkle in things.
- Szymon Szemberg via twitter: SKA coach on Kovalchuk after yesterday’s game: “This was Kovalchuk’s last game with us before going back”.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Malamud’s take on the Kovalchuk/Medvedev quotes: That it is another PR move by the KHL, and Kovalchuk is willing to go along with it. The KHL’s rhetoric has always been “the NHL is scared of us,” and this goes along with their PR strategy.
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk can’t retire to avoid a break of contract. It would be seen as doing indirectly what he can’t do directly. Also, a non-compete would kick in.
Datsyuk, Malkin, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin offered $30 million each … Kovalchuk says he wants to stay in Russia … FA and injury notes
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin were guaranteed $30 million each by Russian President Vladimir Putin to remain in the KHL. Update: Original source came from David Satriano of the NY Post:
The Post’s Larry Brooks reported that four players — Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin — were preparing to issue a statement last Friday announcing that they planned to remain in the KHL, even if an NHL labor agreement was reached. They were guaranteed $30 million each by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the NHL Players Association talked the players out of it.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Ilya Kovalchuk to Sport-Express: ”I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break.” He added that he is going to talk with SKA management and ”hopefully, everything will be decided then.”
- Slava Malamud via twitter: “Clarification: Kovalchuk spoke of this year only. The phrasing leads to believe he’d like to finish season w/ SKA, return to NJD in the fall”
- Sam Carchidi via twitter: Source says there is absolutely no truth that the Flyers have interest in Roberto Luongo.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Sabres are considering re-signing Jochen Hecht. The Senators are looking at Kent Huskins. Eric Fehr will get attention from teams.
- Allan Walsh via twitter: Petr Sykora will be playing in the NHL somewhere this season.
- David Pagnotta via twitter: The Canucks could look center Jason Arnott for depth, depending on what return they get back for Roberto Luongo if he’s traded. Arnott’s agent and brother, Wade, said there has been plenty of interest elsewhere.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is optimistic that he will be ready for the season opener. It’s been 2 months since he sprained his knee.
- Jason Deforest via twitter: Flames GM Jay Feaster on Roman Cervenka who is still on blood thinners as a precaution: ”We’ve been advised that the blood clot is no longer there.”
- David Pagnotta via twitter: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray will be out 5 to 6 months after shoulder surgery.
- Dan Rosen via twitter: Olympics and realignment are issues the NHL and NHLPA still have to get to according to Gary Bettman. Added that they are important to both sides.
- Larry Brooks via twitter: Last Friday, Evgeny Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk were preparing a press release that would announce their intention to stay in the KHL regardless. Brooks was told that the four had been promised an immense amount of money (with a guarantee from Putin) to remain in the KHL and not to return to the NHL. The NHLPA was able to talk the four out of issuing the statement. Ovechkin has already returned. Datsyuk has pledged to honor the 2 years of his contract with the Red Wings.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL president Alexander Medvedev to SportsDaily.ru: The new NHL CBA could be the basis for terminating existing contracts, and some players will stay. Medvedev: ”NHL’s opinion of itself is so high… OK, let them get drunk on their greatness. We’ll see how many Euros look our way … Our league will act according to our own and international rules. If players decide to stay, we will help them … (Not going to Sochi) will be a big financial loss for NHL.. If they decide differently, that’s their problem … There is no reason to fear (IIHF’s sanctions against players who decide to stay) … Number of players have either decided to stay or are looking into it.. Can’t divulge their names, will cause speculation … Some players asked their NHL teams to stay for the (KHL) All-Star Game, but were denied. The selfishness is understandable.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Bill Daly on Medvedev’s comments about KHL possibly challenging NHL contracts: ”We have no response. We will see what happens.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: No NHLers are on the KHL all-star rosters that were announced last night. Indication that Kovalchuk and others are on their way back to North America. UPDATE: Slava Malamud via twitter: KHL revised their All-Star rosters, Ilya Kovalchuk is the only NHLer on the roster.
- Arthur Staple via twitter: “Neil Sheehy adds this: Visnovsky’s wish is to stay in Bratislava. But if the KHL says he can’t stay, he will come and play for #Isles.”