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Report: Devils' Kovalchuk OK after back problem

Friday, 09.07.2012 / 8:54 AM / News

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Report: Devils' Kovalchuk OK after back problem
New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who was slowed by a back problem during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is healthy and currently in Russia preparing for the NHL season.

New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who was slowed by a back problem during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is healthy and currently in Russia preparing for the NHL season.

According to The (Bergen) Record, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on Thursday said of Kovalchuk, "He's fine. He’s skating. Right now, he’s in Russia working out."

Kovalchuk missed a second-round game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but played in each of the Devils' other 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He finished with eight goals and 11 assists, but had only one goal in the six-game Cup Final loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Lamoriello also provided an update on defenseman Mark Fayne, who had surgery on his left wrist in June.

"He’s coming along great," Lamoriello said. "He couldn’t play tomorrow, but he'll be ready in a couple of weeks. He's OK. It's just making sure it’s 100-percent healed."

Lamoriello said forward Patrik Elias is 100 percent after surgery to repair a groin tear, and said the Devils would have a healthy roster at training camp, which is scheduled to open Sept. 21.

"Everybody is skating," Lamoriello said. "Everybody's fine."

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