Let’s not bury the lead. Ilya Kovalchuk has just taken the practice ice for the Thrashers. The captain, who suffered a broken bone in his foot less than three weeks ago, is dressed and skating. Teammates said he was a fast healer. He was expected to miss four to six weeks after the injury.
He is dressed in light blue practice jersey along with Nik Antropov and Max Afinogenov.
I will obviously get you more news as soon as practice is over.
When I got to practice injured defenseman Boris Valabik was also skating.
He, and fellow defenseman Noah Welch, were dressed in full gear and going through drills with strength coach Ray Bear before practice started. It’s the first I’ve seen Valabik on the ice since his surgery several weeks ago. He is also taking the ice for the practice, the lone player dressed in red practice jersey.
Valabik, as you recall, had ankle surgery in early October for a high sprain after taking a fall in practice. He was placed on injured reserve and thought to be out four to six weeks. He was in a walking boot following the surgery but has been out of it the last two weeks.
Welch has been skating after offseason knee surgery, but this is the first I’ve seen him fully dressed and running through drills.
Here are the practice lines with Kovy skating:
Evander Kane, who may have suffered a foot injury Sunday – as reported by you the bloggers – is not at practice.
I will return following interviews for an update. Wanted you to know the latest first.