Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk may not be the only player on the team who needs offseason medical attention, general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger today.
Kovalchuk, who was bothered during the playoffs by a herniated disc in his back, is undergoing MRIs and tests to determine whether he will need surgery or other attention this summer.
“We’re not sure of that yet,” Lamoriello said. “We’re still going for tests. We’re still having MRIs done. Before those decisions are made, bodies have to settle and rest. We’re still getting MRIs of different people, examining them and getting second opinions on the recommendation of our doctors.”
Lamoriello said several players, in addition to Kovalchuk, may require offseason medical attention.
“Yes,” Lamoriello said.
He would not name the other players still bothered by injuries and said Kovalchuk is not necessarily at the top of the list of concerns. He said some players played through injuries without letting the team know the extent of the problems.
“They’re all the same right now as far as anybody who has had anything lingering. Sometimes you don’t even know about (an injury) because it is a certain player,” the GM said.
“Everybody is on board. Everybody has been addressed and everybody is following through with what they are supposed to do.”
Since the Devils were eliminated from the Stanley Cup finals in six games by the Los Angeles Kings one week ago, Lamoriello has been meeting with players. Management is also preparing for the NHL entry draft Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh.