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Q & A with Jovanovski

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been skating voluntarily with some teammates and other pros at the Alltel Ice Den in Scottsdale over the past few weeks as part of the annual AthletesResource strength and conditioning camp.



Jovanovski, who will enter the fifth and final year of his current contract with the Coyotes when training camp opens on Sept. 17, took some time during a break in the skating to answer some questions for phoenixcoyotes.com.

QUESTION: What are some of the benefits of participating in this pre-training camp camp?

JOVO: “It’s just a way of getting your feet wet again after having a couple months off and not doing anything but off-ice training. There’s nothing like skating, and after the first few days your hips are feeling it and your groin muscles get a little tight. But it’s all about working out the kinks and just trying to get your legs moving for training camp. Nowadays it’s not 10 days of training camp before the first exhibition game. We’ve got only three days of good work and then it’s time for the exhibition games. So this is a good way to get a little re-familiar with the game we play.”

QUESTION: How has your summer been going and are you ready to get back to work at Jobing.com Arena?

JOVO: “It’s been a good summer and I’ve had some good relaxing times with the family, but now we’re three weeks away from camp and everybody is itching to get back.”

QUESTION: Have you spent any time this summer reflecting on what you and your teammates accomplished last season or did you leave all that at the arena when you left for the summer last April?

JOVO: “I’ve reflected a little bit. You know every time you run into somebody they recognize that we made steps in the right direction, but I think you just leave it at that. We want to be better this year and hopefully we can do that.”

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the major roster changes this summer?

JOVO: “A couple of really important guys left. Matthew Lombardi has great speed and he was a centerman for us. And, for selfish reasons, it would have been nice if we’d kept my defense partner (Zbynek Michalek), but he fits into a marketplace and it’s tough with all the financial issues going on here to keep him at those kind of numbers. But I have faith in Donny (Maloney) and he’s going to do the right things. He has improved this club each and every year he’s been here so I expect no different this year. Bringing in Ray (Whitney), a guy that’s won before and puts up solid numbers even as he’s gotten older, should help our power play… and it’s always nice to introduce new young players. How many is the issue. If you look at our team last year we were a veteran team and the guys were experienced in situations where if we lost a couple games in a row we bounced right back. Being consistent like that was nice. You can’t teach experience and it’s nice to have but there’s got to come a point where Kyle (Turris) and (Mikkel) Boedker and other highly–touted players are going to get their opportunity so we’ll see what happens.”

QUESTION:  What are your thoughts on starting this season with two games in the Czech Republic? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

JOVO: “I guess you could look at it both ways. It’s good for the league as far as revenue for our team, but it will be interesting heading over there a week early and probably doing a lot of functions as far as the league is concerned, playing two games back to back and then coming back and having a week off. I’ve talked to some guys around the league. Some guys enjoyed it. Some guys said it wears you out a little bit. Hey, we’re trying to sell the game. Hopefully it works out well. We’ve got a lot of Czech guys so they’re all excited about it.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to view a gallery of Ed Jovanovski photos taken during the 2009-10 season.
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