The news that we feared would come today has indeed been made known…Ilya Kovalchuk suffered a broken bone in his right foot during Saturday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks and will miss up to 4weeks of action while it heals.
With Kovy out, what will need to step up the most?
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4 weeks worth of games would equate to as many as 12 games missed.
After dealing with this piece of reality, the question becomes…what does this do to the shape and form of the forward lines?
After Kovy left the game on Saturday, coach John Anderson looked to move Evander Kane up into his position on left wing with Nik Antropov and Maxim Afinogenov. I would suspect that this is the first line he’ll elect to go with Thursday night when the Caps are in town.
But then, who fills Kane’s slot on the third line?
Well, there is couple of options to go with here. First, Marty Reasoner could be placed back on that line moving Rich Peverley over to left wing…Colby Armstrong would stay on the right. If that’s the case, then Jim Slater could relinquish his spot in the press box to whoever is called up from the Wolves and center the fourth line once again.
Another option I’ll throw into the mix would be to keep the fourth line of Boulton, Reasoner and Thorburn intact and simply place the call-up on the third line with Pevs and Army.
Either way, they’ll be a call-up coming our way from Chicago…I would think Josh Gratton. But is there someone else you’d like to see?
NHL.com’s Rookie Watch Spotlights Kane
Rookie Evander Kane was the subject last night in Dan Rosen’s Rookie Watch on NHL.com. In it, coach Anderson pretty much confirms what we’ve all speculated for some time now…that Evander is not likely to be heading back to the Vancouver Giants.
“There’s nothing that indicates we want to send him back,” Atlanta coach John Anderson said. “He’s been a pleasure to coach, and he’s been doing everything we’ve asked, especially defensively. We’re excited about having him. I don’t see that he’s going to get sent back.”
Given the recent news about Kovalchuk…this is even truer now.