If he ends up being an option vs. the Washington Capitals, it might not be for a while. The Penguins provided a less-than-promising update on Monday: he hasn’t yet resumed skating. Considering Washington’s firepower, it would be nice for the Penguins to have two championship goalies to choose from in case things get ugly, but at the moment it seems like it’s Marc-Andre Fleury or bust.
JUNE 13: Assistant coach John Stevens of the Los Angeles Kings holds the Stanley Cup after his team won Game Five 3-2 in double overtime over the New York Rangers in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won the game 3-2 and win the series 4-1. The Los Angeles Kings have hired associate coach John Stevens as their next head coach.
The former NHL star is playing in Russia. One of the first high-profile NHL stars to leave the North American game for the KHL is reportedly hoping to make a return next season. Over the weekend, NHL.com reporter Tom Gulitti passed along a report from Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman that claimed Ilya Kovalchuk is interested in coming back to the NHL.