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Kovalchuk wants to return this season

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04:01 PM ET 04.19 | New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk stated he wants to return this season regardless of the team's playoff chances. Explaining that athletes owe it to the fans to play when healthy, Kovalchuk wants to finish out the season in the lineup and not on the sideline. Kovalchuk sustained a shoulder injury against the Florida Panthers on March 23 and has not played since. he returned to practice 10 days ago but was limited in the scope of drills he could participate in. Kovalchuk noted he was unable to attempt slap shots. Head coach Peter DeBoer stated he is comfortable with Kovalchuk returning as long as he can give and receive contact.

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April 19, 2013  04:13 PM ET
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So he wants a player that can sustain hits but not shoot ??...yup DeBoer for the Jack Adams!!

After their latest run BGM it's more like DeBoer for Jack Daniels.

April 19, 2013  04:17 PM ET

What for?!

April 19, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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What for?!

Wants to be ready for the upcoming World Championships...

April 19, 2013  05:12 PM ET
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What for?!

Exactly. It's not like he's going to get the Devils into the playoffs.

Go home, young man! Go home!

April 19, 2013  09:33 PM ET

""Explaining that athletes owe it to the fans to play when healthy, Kovalchuk wants to finish out the season in the lineup and not on the sideline.""

This is as it should be.....but they have to be fully healthy, and nit limited in any way.

April 19, 2013  09:33 PM ET

BOSTON POLICE ROCK!!! and so does everyone that helped them.

 
April 20, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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BOSTON POLICE ROCK!!! and so does everyone that helped them.

Absolutely!

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