Skip to content

Kovalchuk ‘making great strides’ in return from shoulder injury

Apr 5, 2013, 4:23 PM EST

Ilya Kovalchuk Getty Images

Peter DeBoer is confident that Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) will be back in time to try and help the Devils make the playoffs.

When exactly that might be, DeBoer couldn’t say.

“I can’t put a number on that yet,” DeBoer said, per The Record. “I can tell you he’s making great strides and I’m optimistic he’ll be able to help us down the stretch. For me, that means more than the last couple games.”

The Devils host the Leafs (who will also be without a top scorer) tomorrow, at which time trade-deadline acquisition Steve Sullivan will wear a New Jersey uniform for the first time since the mid-90s.

Sullivan, 38, started his NHL career with the Devils before stops in Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Phoenix.

“Hopefully, he brings what he’s brought his entire career and that’s energy, speed and the ability to create some offense and play with good players,” DeBoer said. “So, I’m hopeful he can help us 5-on-5 and, hopefully, he can help us on the power play and maybe in shootouts.”

The Devils, ninth in the Eastern Conference, are winless in their last five games and have scored just once in their last two.

source:

Latest Posts
  1. Isles begin life without Okposo, but get Grabovski back tonight

    Jan 27, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

    Mikhail Grabovski, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kyle Okposo Mikhail Grabovski, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kyle Okposo

    He’ll play on the top line with John Tavares and Josh Bailey against the Rangers.

  2. The Wild don’t want to stress themselves out thinking about the standings

    Jan 27, 2015, 2:20 PM EST

    Dallas Stars v Minnesota Wild Getty Images

    “We know what the standings look like. That’s no secret. But we can’t make up all those points this week.”

  3. Report: Oilers owner tried to use Hamilton as leverage in arena negotiations

    Jan 27, 2015, 1:38 PM EST

    Daryl Katz Getty Images

    We already knew he tried to use Seattle for the same purpose.

  4. Martin Brodeur to retire, become Blues asst. GM (Updated)

    Jan 27, 2015, 1:23 PM EST

    Martin Brodeur Getty Images

    And so ends one of the most storied goaltending careers in NHL history.

  5. Sens waive Greening

    Jan 27, 2015, 12:28 PM EST

    Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America Getty Images

    After failing to find a trade partner for the 28-year-old.

  6. Mike Richards clears waivers

    Jan 27, 2015, 12:17 PM EST

    Mike Richards Getty Images

    Your move, Los Angeles.

  7. New owner Barroway bracing Arizona for rebuild

    Jan 27, 2015, 11:47 AM EST

    PNI coyotes main 0102 Getty Images

    “He wants to build for the long term and he understands that there is some suffering involved.”

  8. Apparently the Ducks are a team to watch as the trade deadline approaches

    Jan 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EST

    Bob Murray AP

    Bob Murray wants a defenseman, according to pretty much everyone.

  9. Game on: Islanders-Rangers to be played despite storm

    Jan 27, 2015, 11:12 AM EST

    Blizzard in New York AP

    The worst of the storm was saved for New England.

  10. Howard (torn groin) resumes skating, could return sooner than expected

    Jan 27, 2015, 10:48 AM EST

    jimmyhoward Getty Images

    “I’m still a little ways away. Hopefully I keep making the right strides.”

  11. Barry Trotz is determined to save Foley the Tiger

    Jan 27, 2015, 9:41 AM EST

    foleymakesh

    Update: Moving him might not be such a bad thing, really.

Featured video

Who will excite most in All-Star game?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Letang (3981)
  2. E. Malkin (3549)
  3. S. Crosby (3319)
  4. S. Bobrovsky (2984)
  5. C. Price (2823)
  1. P. Hornqvist (2753)
  2. J. Ortio (2392)
  3. T. Johnson (2081)
  4. P. Rinne (2011)
  5. Z. Rinaldo (1854)