Practice begins … without Kovalchuk

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.

44 comments Add your comment

Joshgekko

October 26th, 2009
10:29 am

I’m assuming the call up would be to fill the spot on the third line. If that’s the case, do they go with Spencer Machacek? He is the current points leader on the wolves, and would be a similar player as far as grit. Or do they go with someone with more nhl experience like Crabb for the spot?

Barry

October 26th, 2009
10:57 am

I’m wondering why a call up is necessary. We have Slater sitting in the press box just about all season. All Anderson has to do is bump Kane to 1st line, put Reasoner with Army and Peverley,and Slater goes to his usual position.

In any case we will get to see what this team is made of with Kovy out. Thrashers really need to get back on the winning track again and stop blowing defensive coverages every game, or they will be in a deep hole again to try and climb out of if they want to make the playoffs.

Jen

October 26th, 2009
10:58 am

Will the callup play? Or will the call-up sit in reserve while Jimmy Slater plays? I think at this point in the season you go with a callup like Jason Krog or maybe Crabb. It really depends on where they plan to play them though.

Smoothie

October 26th, 2009
11:22 am

Barry is right, no reason for a call-up when Slates is chomping at the bit ready to play and probably with a mid-sized chip on his shoulder to prove a point that he can play better than Thorburn, Slava and White.

Let’s face it: our elder statesmen are not getting it done. Slava, Whitey and Boulton (other than the occasional fight and two solid games to start the season) aren’t generating any offense. And Slava and White are getting the bulk of minutes on the 1st line PP. It’s time to shake things up and perhaps the Kovy injury (if not too serious) will be a relative blessing in disguise.

Slater should go back to his spot on the 4th line between Boults and Thorbs. But if JA wants some grit and hustle to improve our forecheck on one of the other lines, he could always bump Whitey down to C the 4th line with Slater on the right wing. The other lines could shape up as such:

Kozlov – Little – Antropov

Kane or Thorby – Peverley – Afinogenov

Thorby or Kane – Reasoner – Armstrong

Each line would have a playmaker, a gritty guy with either size or an affinity for crashing the net (Kane, Little) and a scorer / sniper. The Little White Russian line is too old and undersized and the 4th line is too slow and needs a sparkplug right now (Slater).

Darren

October 26th, 2009
11:30 am

I think the team showed how it could play without Kovalchuk, by working themselves back into the game. They also showed a solid and sustained offensive effort for about 10 minutes straight against one of the best teams in the league. San Jose was definitely on their heels in that 3rd. They can thank Nabokov Atlanta didn’t score at least one during that time.

As Anderson says, though, they cannot allow themselves to continually fall behind early.

Kane did look good on the top line in the game, too, so this should be a good opportunity to see how he stacks up against the other team’s top defensemen. That line is an interesting combination of speed and size.

Russian

October 26th, 2009
11:31 am

If Kovy will not play at Thursday it will be good combination of line:
Antro-Little-Max
Slava-White-Slater
Kane-Pever-Army
Bolts-Reason-Thorb
3-d line was playing very good lately and no reason to break them.

Chris Vivlamore

October 26th, 2009
11:41 am

Not a ton to report following practice. More will come later. Kovalchuk had the CT Scan and they are waiting on the doctor before an announcement. He did not speak to the media since the results of the test were not known. He will speak tomorrow. I did see him wearing a protective boot on his right foot, similar to the one worn by Boris Valabik. Coach John Anderson did not want to speculate on anything since he did not know the extent of the injury. Stay tuned.

Sara

October 26th, 2009
11:43 am

Keep in mind Anderson’s preference to have continuity between the regular lines and the special teams. With Kane on the top line w/ Antro and Max, that would mean he would need to switch from the PK to the PP. Likewise, if you bring Slates back in, you have to re-do the PK combos – and that’s not something, frankly, that I would want to mess with.

Plus, honestly while Kane is probably the best suited to replace Ilya (as much as anyone can), I think putting him on the line w/ Antro and Max is a HUGE mistake. He won’t generate as much with them, IMO, as he does with Pevs and Army.

I also like Russian’s idea of putting Little with Antro and Max. So try that, then I’d increase the ice time for the AK-47 line (who have more than earned it anyway), then add Slater or some other call-up to the Slava-White line.

That should all also preserve the even strength-special teams continuity.

Darren

October 26th, 2009
11:49 am

Sara, Russian, after chewing on it a bit, I too like the idea of Little on that line, although I think he, like Peverley, would probably fit on any of the three lines quite well.

But it’s also a good point that the AK-47 also should have earned more ice time as is.

So nice having depth at forward…although would prefer to not test it.

Smoothie

October 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

Sara & Darren, if you use the lines I suggested, you don’t break up the PK units. Play Thorbs with Reasy and Army and rotate the two wingers with Reasoner on the PK. Playing Kaner with Pevs gives you another very solid PK unit that has played together quite a bit short-handed.

New PP Units (presuming Kovy is out):

1) Slava, Little, Antropov, Enstrom and Bogosian

2) Kane, Peverley, Afinogenov, Hainsey & Kubina (insert Army and rotate Kane and Finny if you need some additional size to clog up the middle in front of the goalie)

In case y’all haven’t noticed, Peverley has produced with just about any linemates he’s had since coming to ATL and he makes everyone on his line better. Breaking up the Pevs Army Kane line is okay because all three of these guys are playing well and should continue to do so no matter what.

BTW, pleasure meeting you Sara face to face the other night. See you around Blueland!

stendec

October 26th, 2009
12:20 pm

Expect El Kapitan Ilya Kovalchuk to be out for quite a while! Worry not faithful Thrasher sheep. He and Sori Letemin will be lounging beside some pool surrounded by babes in bikinis as the Thrashers continue their freefall into complete obscurity. Both will continue to collect hefty paychecks for doing well, uh, absolutely nothing. Finn and Russian must adore American capitalism! Captain will never be same after injury. Letemin was never worth a damn anyway! Never will be. Sorry apologists. Just a fact. Savor return of LaLa Land boy until chapped lips knock him out of lineup. Painful stuff! Kovalchuk will probably never skate for Thrashers again. Cannot really blame him for that. I wish him well elsewhere. I sort of like the guy. F#ck KL! Another nauseating season outside playoffs looking in. Embrace those close defeats. Moral losses build character! For losers. Have a great day. ++STENDEC++ Forgive reality check but I am still pi$$ed about watching Falcons get routed by a semi pro football squad in Texas!

Darren

October 26th, 2009
12:39 pm

Smoothie,

That Kane-Peverley-Afinogenov line could definitely FLY.

World Be Free

October 26th, 2009
12:40 pm

stendec-don’t know why you waste your time “contributing” to this or any other Thrasher blog. A number of teams are struggling in the early going, dealing with injuries and inconsistency in their lineup. The Thrashers are no different.

Little can’t seem to find the net, Antropov hasn’t found his “spot” in the lineup.

Any news on Kari?

Kane is obviously not going back to his junior team.

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Smoothie

October 26th, 2009
12:52 pm

Darren, such a line could be very compelling and exciting to watch. If Kovy is out for a few games nursing a contused foot, we might be well served to make that sort of line our 2nd while Kozzy tries to get untracked playing with Little and Antro. More time and space for Kozzy to operate could get him clicking. I also think it’s time to get Bogey out there on the PP instead of Kovy during this time to improve the puck movement. Bogey really excelled on the PP during Kovy’s missed 3 or 4 games last March.

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
12:53 pm

Change the lineup, and when Ilya comes back send Max down somehow. Sure the guy has blazing speed, but he doesn’t know what to do with it. He just dangles the puck all over the zone until he turns it over. Two games ago I think at the 7:40 mark in the first period he comes down the wing, no one between him and the net, and he spins around and fans on the puck only to turn it over.

Last game Max was coming down the left side. Spins back again in a typical Max move, winds up at the blue line, then eventually passes, only it is behind Kubina and he turns it over again. He does this over and over and accomplishes nothing. His goal off the faceoff is not going to happen on a consistent basis, so don’t expect him to be a big goal scorer here based on that.

Yes the guy has talent. When he first arrived in Buffalo we thought he was the second coming of Pavel Bure. But he is a complete enigma. No consistency. This is why Buffalo didn’t want him back, why he was on the trading block for all of last year with no interest, why 30 teams didn’t offer him a contract when he became a free agent, why his only option was to have a “professional tryout” during training camp for the 4th worst team in the league.

World Be Free

October 26th, 2009
2:00 pm

Right on Earl

R. Stroz

October 26th, 2009
2:10 pm

In regards to the status of Lehtonen’s back, at a STH meeting Saturday afternoon, Waddell stated that Lehtonen’s back was no better now than it was after surgery. Also, Waddell stated that Lehtonen is still having injections into his back and there is no real timetable on his recovery.

In other words, don’t count on seeing Kari in uniform anytime soon, meaning a minimum of several months, not several weeks.

Alan R.

October 26th, 2009
2:19 pm

I seem to recall some discussion of this in the past couple years…

Who should Waddell have drafted?
a. Kari Lehtonen
b. Rick DiPetero

Sara

October 26th, 2009
2:35 pm

Alan – what’s the difference? At least Kari, with his blue hair and off-ice activities, can be highly entertaining. ;)

d

October 26th, 2009
2:57 pm

Stroz, it sounds like DW has written Kari off. Remind me, did DW extend Kari’s contract for a year – not knowing of Kari’s back problem? Now there is a reasonable liklihood Kari may not pay a game this season for the Thrash?

Don’t be surprised if the team plays better during the next few games in Kovy’s absence – we’ve seen that in the past. This gives Kane the opportunity to demonstrate he’s the best pick in last year’s draft…

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
2:58 pm

Alan R. – that cracked me up, thanks.

WBF – funny that the guys who watched Max play in Buffalo are the ones who want him out and can already see the signs of his puck dangling doing nothing for us. Keep in mind that our first option was Manny Malhotra, but if you had to choose between #1 in the conference San Jose and 4th overall draft pick Atlanta, who would you choose? So we lost out on Manny and settled for Max.

The more we see him play the more folks here will realize that his speed and quick moves are just flashes of brilliance with no consistency, he will be in Anderson’s doghouse soon enough. Unless of course we just want to watch a guy dangle the puck in the offensive zone without ever going to the net with it and just turn it over time and time again.

ChippersLoveChild

October 26th, 2009
3:01 pm

What games are you guys watching dissing on Slava and White? It isn’t exactly showing in the box score yet, although Todd did net his second goal on Saturday, but they have been playing well in my opinion these last few games. Seriously Chris Thorburn belongs nowhere near a top line and Jim Slater, chip on his shoulder or not, sucks. Get over Slater. The only reason he is still on this team is because he was a #1 pick. As for Max, he is what he is, but with what we are paying him he is much better than some of our other options. Some of you are pushing the panic button way too early.

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
3:03 pm

WBF – oh yeah, he already blew the chance to tie the game against Washington with less than 10 seconds left, I might as well throw that one in there too.

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
3:11 pm

ChippersLoveChild – I get that we are only paying him $800 thou, but after watching the guy since I think the late 90’s he came into the league, he is going to blow so many opportunities that you will pull your hair out. He will use the blazing speed that he has and get the puck and there will be no one between him and the net. Only instead of going to the net he will circle behind it or spin and come back to the blueline or whatever it is that makes Max who he is.

It might seem like guys like World Be Free and I are pushing the panic button way too early, but it’s because we have seen him do these frustrating stupid things for a decade now, so to see him doing the same things here already just makes me kick the TV. You guys will start to get PO’d by about January after seeing him blow so many opportunities. It will take a few months to catch up to us but trust me, you will be frustrated with the guy in due time like some of us who have seen him do these same stupid tendencies in Buffalo for a decade.

Alan R.

October 26th, 2009
3:12 pm

Sara – No difference. That was kinda the point. ;)

Tackls

October 26th, 2009
3:36 pm

X-rays proved negative and Thrashers officials are hoping the injury is merely a deep bruise that might keep him out of the lineup for only two weeks. Kovalchuck has been a tear so far this season with nine goals in eight games, helping the Thrashers to a 4-3-1 record.

Smoothie

October 26th, 2009
4:05 pm

Tackls – thanks for the news, but do you have a source for the info?

Chris Vivlamore

October 26th, 2009
4:10 pm

Kovalchuk has a broken bone in his right foot and team expects him to miss four weeks.

DB

October 26th, 2009
4:12 pm

Ilya just needs to rub some dirt on it and get back in there. :)

SIVA

October 26th, 2009
4:26 pm

Smoothie

October 26th, 2009
4:57 pm

I hope the team manages to circle the wagons like they did last spring when they took 3 of 4 while Kovy was on the mend including a 5 – 1 beatdown of the Crapitals. I really think Kaner can step up into the breach and fill the void, at least for a little while. Problem is we need to find another line that clicks in terms of scoring or else any line with Kaner and Pevs will be game-planned for and shutdown…UNGOOD!

We may need to re-unite the Pevs Russian (Kozzy) Army and let Kaner play LW with Antro and Finny (or Little). Third line of Little – Reasy – Whitey??? Hmmm…

…this will be interesting if not painful to watch.

Hockey Biltong

October 26th, 2009
5:18 pm

Thrashers buck up and get by,as it is still early…

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
7:59 pm

Ok so we just put Slater back on the 4th and Reasoner goes up a line or two. I’m sure there will now be the questioning of who gets called up.

Unfortunately that means a few more weeks of Max getting too many minutes.

MB

October 26th, 2009
9:24 pm

EOB, I think you and WBF are letting your Buffalo prejudices get in the way of fairly assessing Max’s value to the Thrash. Sure, he has and will continue to turn it over a bit (and he hardly has a monopoly on that), but the man has 6 points in 8 games and has created numerous other opportunities. He costs less than Jimmy Slater (let that sink in), and it’s not like he’s keeping a more talented player out of the top six. At his current rate of scoring, he’ll notch 20 goals and 40 assists over the season. I believe he’s capable of more, but even those numbers are a pretty strong value for $800k.

Once he made his way in Lindy’s doghouse, he was relegated to 3rd/4th line minutes, a no-win situation for a player with his skill set.

Far more deserving of criticism thus far are Kozzy, White, and Little.

The Earl of Bud

October 26th, 2009
10:09 pm

MB – let me take these one by one.

EOB, I think you and WBF are letting your Buffalo prejudices get in the way of fairly assessing Max’s value to the Thrash. So if you lived on Long Island and said that Andy Sutton is a bad player in his first few games, turned the puck over, got caught flat footed all the time, would that mean he’s a really good player and you just have “Atlanta prejudices”? Facts are facts.

Sure, he has and will continue to turn it over a bit (and he hardly has a monopoly on that), but the man has 6 points in 8 games and has created numerous other opportunities. He will keep turning the puck over, thus he will not have any consistency and will never keep the pace of .75 points per game.

He costs less than Jimmy Slater (let that sink in), I don’t care if he’s FREE, you have a $100,000 Ferrari in Kovalchuk, a $50,000 Hummer in Antropov, you don’t put a Ford Focus with those two and say “well, it only costs $10,000 so that makes it ok.

and it’s not like he’s keeping a more talented player out of the top six. Actually he is. Let’s agree on this: Kane-Peverley-Armstrong is our 2nd line. Little was on the top line. We were 4-1-1. Max bumped Little out of the top six and we lost two in a row.

At his current rate of scoring, he’ll notch 20 goals and 40 assists over the season. I believe he’s capable of more, but even those numbers are a pretty strong value for $800k. Your keywords are “at his current rate”. My keywords are “he’s not consistent and can be a complete enigma”.

Once he made his way in Lindy’s doghouse, he was relegated to 3rd/4th line minutes, a no-win situation for a player with his skill set. Why do you think he was in Lindy’s doghouse?

Far more deserving of criticism thus far are Kozzy, White, and Little. Little had 5 assists in 6 games playing on the top line. That’s more production than Max.

Sorry for the rant, but I have seen this all before. First we signed him and that was a kick where it hurts, now we move him to the top line so it’s like a getting kicked twice, not just once. If we all b!tch and moan that the ASG doesn’t open the coffers for top free agents, why are we now saying “oh, it’s ok that we only have an $800,000 player on our top line because for what he produces is worth that kind of money”. Am I the only one who sees the bad logic in that?

Imagine you moved to Long Island about 5 years ago and you start to root for the Islanders and then they go out and sign Andy Sutton. People think he’s great. You try to tell them he is a pylon on the ice. Islanders fan say he isn’t and they see him making big hits. Each of the first few games the other team is skating circles around him. You kick the tv. That’s my world right now, and World Be Free’s for that matter.

MB

October 26th, 2009
10:50 pm

EOB, if and when Max falters as badly as you and WBF predict, I’ll take the heat and say you guys were right, but thus far, you guys are picking nits (and I DO understand why…though I think your Andy Sutton comparison is a bit of a stretch).

On some of your points, though…Max a Ford Focus? Have you ever driven a Ford Focus. Jaroslav Modry was a Ford Focus. Max is probably more of a Jag…great when running right, but highly unreliable.

Max isn’t keeping Little out of the top 6…he’s still there. JA apparently decided to put him back on the 2nd line to try to get those guys going again. And I know your being facetious intimating that #61 is to blame for losing those two games.

As for Lindy’s doghouse, as a Buffalo fan you know Max is hardly the first to end up there. But if you’ll recall, he had no problem producing in the two seasons from 05-07, then he gets pushed down the lines, and guess what…his numbers suffer. Surprise. And if you look closely at those 05-07 stats, they’re very similar to his current pace (though over fewer games).

We have griped about the ASG not opening the coffers, but they already did with Antropov and Kubina. The logic in being okay with an $800k player on the top line is that it’s great value for the “potential talent” and little risk if it doesn’t work and he’s pushed to the press box. It’s not like JA was forced to put Max on that line…he apparently thinks he belongs there, and I’m guessing he’s a far better assessor of talent and fit than either of us. As for Max, if he starts playing as badly as you think he will, then I will join you in saying that he belongs in the press box. But again thus far, that has not been the case.

We’ve all read your warnings about him and are keeping a pretty close eye on him. I just think you guys are are in a self-fulfilling prophecy situation where every mistake confirms the worst and any success is an aberration. I know you’ve watched him far more than I, but so have other Buffalo friends who say Ruff screwed it up. I don’t know what happened up there, but I do know that Max has played pretty well here, and I’d love for him really step up in the coming weeks while Kovy’s recovering.

Brendan

October 26th, 2009
11:09 pm

I think the point people make about $800K is that you can cut Max, if you want. If Max can have a decent season, and we don’t know that in October, or November or December, what’s the harm? But by January, the numbers will be more established. If Max is as horribly unreliable as you say, Atlanta can just eat his salary and stash him in the minors or up in the pressbox. Or put him on waivers and see if someone bites, on $800,000 prorated. If not, perhaps Finny at $400,000–prorated might interest someone on RE-ENTRY waivers?

I agree that Max should have scored as time expired, just recently. I agree that he has crazy legs, goes a million miles an hour, only to lose the puck. And I agree that I’d have preferred to have Nikki Zherdev, at $3.1 to $3.25 million, if those were the options. But I’m not livid that Waddell signed Max. And I criticize Waddell all the time. It was worth the risk. Max isn’t killing our cap, “Holik-style.” If Waddell wanted to buy him out, I guess that’s an option. It’s my least preferred option. I don’t want Max on the books next year, unless Kovy says, “I only re-sign if Max stays.” Then I’d offer him the same $800,000 and consider it “a Kovalchuk-bonus.” I doubt that I would have put Max on our top line. But I’m not John Anderson, whose job it is to have his finger on the PULSE of the team. If JA thought Max was “the right fit” for the top line, then you can criticize Anderson for that. In my view of things, Max Afinogenov is NOT a top line forward. I’m not really too comfortable with him being a “Top Six Forward,” either. But for a 4th line guy … or a 3rd line forward, I’m not all broken up about Max being here. I’m willing to have an open-mind. I’m willing to give the guy … who is in his CONTRACT YEAR … a chance. We’re eight (8) games into the season. There’s 74 more to play. If Max scores 37-points in those games, he’s earned his salary. And then some. With the caveat that this team had $10 million in cap room coming into training camp … to still go find BETTER than Afinogenov.

It is what it is. It’s beginning to look like Kane, and his $3.1 million salary cap hit, are going to stay. This is the same figure it would have cost to land Zherdev. Give or take a little. Bygones.

World Be Free

October 27th, 2009
8:35 am

MB-I understand why fans get excited about Max. He’s a fast and flashy player, gives some folks the feeling of having another Pavel Bure. That’s the natural feeling most Sabres’ fans had for years. Some Buffalo fans even wish the Sabres had never cut Max loose. Watch for all the Buffalo 61 jerseys when the Sabres come to Philips.

I have stated my case about Max, his predictable tendencies and most of all, his failure to use his speed to drive to the net the way Bure did. It hasn’t changed in 10 years. Thrashers’ fans will grow tired of his act, it’s just a matter of time.

World Be Free

October 27th, 2009
8:40 am

Biltong-you are so right my friend, now let’s see what this team is made of. Let’s see if the other Thrashers are worthy of Kovy signing on long term. strange to say, but seeing the team perform without Koby will be a test of where this team will go in the future.

stendec

October 27th, 2009
10:04 am

THRASHER FANS HAVE BEEN HAD! That personally makes me mad as Hell! I know no one wants to read my words but I type them anyway because I so want this team to be successful. Kari Lehtonen misrepresented his injury to team officials! The untalented Finn has never been worth a damn and is a total fraud. He once possessed marginal talent but that was once. I fully believe he never expected to play this season but when dumba$$ Don Waddell served up a juicy contract the LaLa Land boy was more than willing to take the money and run, uh, skate, eh, whatever. Despite the fast start I always believed deep in my heart Captain Ilya Kovalchuk was awaiting an escape from Atlanta. I still believe that. Do not think Russian will ever be the same after foot injury. Sorry folks. That is just the way I view it. Team should go after KL to secure a portion of those funds. Use them to sign players to strengthen team. Do not see KL or IK in Thrasher future. Just do not! Cannot improve on a previous older post so…Expect El Kapitan Ilya Kovalchuk to be out for quite a while (now confirmed)! Worry not faithful Thrasher sheep. He and Sori Letemin will be lounging beside some pool surrounded by babes in bikinis as the Thrashers continue their freefall into complete obscurity. Both will continue to collect hefty paychecks (no gripe about IK salary) for doing well, uh, absolutely nothing. Finn and Russian must adore American capitalism! Captain will never be same after injury (see above). Letemin was never worth a damn anyway! Never will be (see above). Sorry apologists. Just a fact. Savor return of LaLa Land boy until chapped lips knock him out of lineup (return highly unlikely at this point). Painful stuff! Kovalchuk will probably never skate for Thrashers again. Cannot really blame him for that. I wish him well elsewhere. I sort of like the guy (wants out but genuinely cares for fan base). F#ck KL! Another nauseating season outside playoffs looking in. Embrace those close defeats. Moral losses build character! For losers. Have a great day. WORLD B FREE – Letemin is in no rush to (ever) return so why should you be? ++STENDEC++ Forgive reality check but I am still (even now) pi$$ed about watching Falcons get routed by a semi pro football squad in Texas!

GaVaHokie

October 27th, 2009
10:24 am

Wow, Stendec is exactly right… no one wants to read his words.

GaVaHokie

October 27th, 2009
10:29 am

Jason Krog is the call-up… most likely he’ll be the reserve press box guy. I’d expect Slater to play.

Most likely…

Kane Antro Afinogenov
Kozy White Little
Pevs Reas. Army
Boulton Slates Thorsy

RS

October 27th, 2009
10:36 am

You know, not to let common sense get in the way of a good hissy fit, but Kovalchuk’s fracture is to a non-weight bearing bone. How that’s going to cause long-term damage is beyond me.