Updated Monday, November 13
Montreal Canadiens: Forward Alexei Kovalev has taken some time off of practicing due to a sore right knee. It's not like I'm going to need surgery or anything like that," he said. - Montreal Gazette
i was hopping they would show the lines from this morning's practice to see where kost is, but i guess it is still a little early. ill check back later.
It's been documented in a number of places that Kovy is getting daily treatment (physio) on his knee. I haven't heard the word 'surgery' anyplace yet though. Habs are giving him rest for now. We'll see later down the road. It's obviously a chronic injury and will likely affect him every year for the rest of his career.
That pretty much makes him untradeable. He has two more years left at $4.5 million per. It's probably what has slowed him down on the ice as well. He looks like he's skating uphill out there.
"We'r giving him days off and everything and he wants to play. But, if it doesn't get any better we'r gonna have to do something... "
With the way Kovy was skating vs Ottawa it appears that skipping practices is not sufficient rest for his knee, he needs full rest which means games off. With Higgins out that means either playing Murray or calling up someone from Hamilton, probably Laps. Against a struggling Sens team it's not a big problem but facing teams that are playing well it will be.
Should he sit awhile and rest? Can the team's cap afford it?