SKA makes Kovalchuk a healthy scratch again

Associated Press

It’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s a rift between the SKA Saint Petersburg coaching staff and Ilya Kovalchuk. In the first round of the KHL playoffs, Kovalchuk was stripped of his captaincy and he was made a healthy scratch in Games 2 through 5.

SKA allowed him to return to the lineup for Game 1 of their second round series. He didn’t record a point in the first three games and again he was removed from  the lineup ahead of Game 4. Without him, SKA turned in a dominant performance against Dynamo.

Kovalchuk has one year remaining on his contract, but it looks like his time with SKA might really be over.


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