Reporting from Thrashers practice Monday morning and Ilya Kovalchuk is not on the ice.
Here is the little I know this morning. According to GM Don Waddell, Kovalchuk will have a CT scan today because there is “obviously a reason for concern.” The team hopes to have the results later today. Waddell said the injury is to the top of the foot, where there is less protection on the skate.
I hope to have some news following practice and interviews so stay tuned. I will post an update with any further information from here in Duluth before leaving.
As an aside, a post on the old blog claiming to be from PR rep Rob Koch is very much bogus. There are ways to identify said poster. You are not cool.
Mark Popovic is wearing forward jersey (to help fill out lines, I presume). Nik Antropov is also not on the ice.
Without Kovalchuk, here are the lines as they are on the ice:
Blue: Bryan Little, Slava Kozlov, Max Afinogenov
Grey: Chris Thorburn, Todd White, Marty Reasoner
Orange: Evander Kane, Rich Peverley, Colby Armstrong
Red: Eric Boulton, Jim Slater, Mark Popovic
Following Saturday’s game, coach John Anderson was clear he wanted Kane on the line Antropov and Afinogenov with Kovalchuk out. It just took awhile from a timing standpoint. He said he thought Kane played well.
I would assume a call-up from Chicago is coming.