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Kovalev goes under the Knife

  • The Montreal Canadiens star sniper will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery tommorow in Pittsburgh. Kovalev is 2nd in Habs scoring with 7 goals and 12 assits.

    Don’t push the panic button just yet. Let’s look at the positives first. At this point Kovalev is expected to miss a month. This is not a Bobby Orr or Cam Neely situation here.

    “Arthroscopy has revolutionized the treatment of joint injuries.
    In the past, treatment of orthopedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions, a hospital stay, and a prolonged recovery period. But today, with the help of an arthroscope, today’s orthopedic surgeon can easily examine, diagnose, and treat problems in the joint that previously may have been difficult to identify.”

    The surgeon inserts the arthroscope into the joint through a tiny incision (about 1/4 of an inch) called a portal. Two or three incisions may be made for portals. Other portals are used for the insertion of surgical instruments, such as the probe shown above. Typical incision sites and sizes for knee arthroscopy are shown at left. These incisions result in very small scars which in many cases are unnoticeable.” (source: SCOI)

    I would rather this happen now in November than in April – and I’m sure Bob Gainey agrees. A setback yes, but a temporary setback that could be a blessing in disguise. As long as Kovalev makes a full recovery – this could make us even better.

    Kovalev spot on the top line will no doubt allow some of our new young talent considerably more playing time. Perezhogin, Higgins and Plekanec will be seeing a lot more ice. Perogie having already made an impression when playing on a top trio. This will further develop our younger guys and all signs point to them being ready for the challenge.

    In past years, any of our offense going out for a month meant seriously bad news for the Habs. We have a much deeper team now and should be more able to handle setbacks such as this.
    Of course I’ll be keeping my Kovalev game counter on too see how we fare without him in the lineup.

    It’s time for our depth guys to step up.

  1. #1 vettez06 says:
    November 14, 2005 at 10:50 pm

    i think that it will hurt us but if our guys step up we will be alright
    good time to put latendrese to the test whats the harm i think gainey likes to try out his young players he proved thta in dallas plus i think we all want to see him play give him a chance

  2. Umm Latendresse is in junior for the whole year and won’t play a single game.

  3. As someone who has had 6 knee surgeries (5 of them were scopes), that’s the best kind of surgery you can have. If he has torn cartilage, and all they do is remove it- he’ll be walking within two days. Probably be back playing within 2-3 weeks. On the other hand, if they were to repair the tear (which I would find unlikely since he’s a hockey player) his knee would be immobilized for a month and be back in 5 months or so. That saying, he should be back shortly.

    Also, I’m hosting the Carnival of the NHL #13 this Sunday (20th) on Behind the Jersey and I was wondering if there was a certain post you’d like me to highlight. If so, could you just drop me an email ( Thanks!

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