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Kovalchuk not alone among Devils facing surgery

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08:36 AM ET 06.19 | Unfortunately for Devils fans, the only parade they're seeing this June is one to the infirmary. Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk may not be the only player on the team who needs offseason medical attention, general manager Lou Lamoriello said [Monday]. Kovalchuk, who was bothered during the playoffs by a herniated disc in his back, is undergoing MRIs and tests to determine whether he will need surgery or other attention this summer. "We're not sure of that yet," Lamoriello said. "We're still going for tests. We're still having MRIs done." ... Lamoriello said several players, in addition to Kovalchuk, may require offseason medical attention. "Yes," Lamoriello said. He would not name the other players still bothered by injuries.

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June 19, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Pic Caption: "Kiss me... I have a 100 million dollar contract"

June 19, 2012  08:47 AM ET

I heard the NJD are being asked for a personal credit card by the surgeons.....what, the Devils aren't good for it?

June 19, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I heard the NJD players are being asked for a personal credit card by the surgeons.....what, the Devils aren't good for it?

*fixed*

June 19, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Love that Lou still won't say what is wrong with these guys.

June 19, 2012  09:43 AM ET

I was going to say, "Heart transplant for Kovy?" But, Ilya proved he doesn't need it during these playoffs. It just might be minor cosmetic surgery to repair a bruised ego. :-)

June 19, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Love that Lou still won't say what is wrong with these guys.

If the players are potential tradebait, why would he say anything..............

June 19, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was going to say, "Heart transplant for Kovy?" But, Ilya proved he doesn't need it during these playoffs. It just might be minor cosmetic surgery to repair a bruised ego. :-)

Perhaps a fascia lift?

June 19, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I heard the NJD are being asked for a personal credit card by the surgeons.....what, the Devils aren't good for it?

Lou is holding a car wash and bake sale in the Rock to pay for all the surgeries

June 19, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Lou Lamoriello said [Monday]. Kovalchuk, who was bothered during the playoffs by a herniated disc in his back, is undergoing MRIs and tests to determine whether he will need surgery or other attention this summer.
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I had a pretty good idea he was playing hurt in the finals.
Nard...I'm sorry to say, but your coach is a bone head. Due to the fact that he knew he was playing hurt.
So why...did he continue to play him with extended ice-time and pp time?

It was clear he was not up to the task...the coach owns this idiotic plan.

June 19, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If the players are potential tradebait, why would he say anything..............

If he is going to trade them...he will have to say something...and provide medical records.

June 19, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I had a pretty good idea he was playing hurt in the finals.Nard...I'm sorry to say, but your coach is a bone head. Due to the fact that he knew he was playing hurt.So why...did he continue to play him with extended ice-time and pp time?It was clear he was not up to the task...the coach owns this idiotic plan.

He was hurt all playoffs. I'm convinced he got hurt the second to last game of the season. I complained about his ice time during the year saying it would catch up to him. I don't know the exact injury, because Lou never tells anyone anything, but if it has to do with fatigue I will be annoyed. I thought Pete coached very well and made just a few mistakes, but playing Kovy as much as he did was one of them. I guess it worked up until that point so he figured to keep trying. I just want to know what it is. Is Lou afraid Kovy's maid will check him if she finds out his injury?

June 19, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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If he is going to trade them...he will have to say something...and provide medical records.

All they have to do is pass the future teams medical. Tell me if I'm wrong (boy why did I say that)

June 19, 2012  12:52 PM ET

What a sensationalist headline, the actual article just says multiple players are having things checked out, no one is slated for surgery as of yet Kovy included.

June 19, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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What a sensationalist headline, the actual article just says multiple players are having things checked out, no one is slated for surgery as of yet Kovy included.

We had similar silliness in Philly last week. There was a "report" that JVR was putting off surgery to try to prevent a trade. Newspapers oughta let their beat writers who cover a specific sport take time off in the off season rather than spread nonsense.

June 19, 2012  01:50 PM ET

There were a handful of Bruins players who needed post season surgery after winning the SC last year as well.

June 19, 2012  02:18 PM ET
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There were a handful of Bruins players who needed post season surgery after winning the SC last year as well.

yeah...but it was okay because they won....

June 19, 2012  03:30 PM ET
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He was hurt all playoffs. I'm convinced he got hurt the second to last game of the season. I complained about his ice time during the year saying it would catch up to him. I don't know the exact injury, because Lou never tells anyone anything, but if it has to do with fatigue I will be annoyed. I thought Pete coached very well and made just a few mistakes, but playing Kovy as much as he did was one of them. I guess it worked up until that point so he figured to keep trying. I just want to know what it is. Is Lou afraid Kovy's maid will check him if she finds out his injury?

Nard - problem is, PDB is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't play Kovy. Kovy was injured - we knew that, but if PDB plays him too much OR too little, people will still complain. No win scenario for the coach.

June 19, 2012  03:54 PM ET
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Lou Lamoriello said [Monday]. Kovalchuk, who was bothered during the playoffs by a herniated disc in his back, is undergoing MRIs and tests to determine whether he will need surgery or other attention this summer.------------------------------------------------------------------- ------- ----------------------------------I had a pretty good idea he was playing hurt in the finals.Nard...I'm sorry to say, but your coach is a bone head. Due to the fact that he knew he was playing hurt.So why...did he continue to play him with extended ice-time and pp time?It was clear he was not up to the task...the coach owns this idiotic plan.

It was the Stanley Cup Finals. How do you not play your best player?

 
June 20, 2012  12:41 PM ET
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Nard - problem is, PDB is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't play Kovy. Kovy was injured - we knew that, but if PDB plays him too much OR too little, people will still complain. No win scenario for the coach.

So true. Kovy couldn't ever stop without falling over the last 2 games. Only hope was someone gave him a ton of space, and we got a lucky pass to him for a onetimer. That was all he had left, and the shot was far from his norm. Still a great run, and we still took out the Rangers. Devils Fans, all 3 of us can still smile.

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