Kovalchuk missed a team meeting? More injury and practice updates

Bob McKenzie via twitter: Indications are pointing to Ilya Kovalchuk missing a team meeting on Saturday. I personally don’t get why they would try to keep that such a secret, they had to figure it would come out eventually (if McKenzie is correct). Pierre LeBrun on ESPN: “I am totally supportive,” Lamoriello said. “Without question I was aware of it … and without question I was supportive. So enough said.”

Adrian Dater via twitter: Peter Budaj will start in net for Colorado tomorrow night against Vancouver.

Joe Haggerty via twitter: Sources are telling Haggerty that Blake Wheeler could be one of the players are trying to trade for when Marco Strum and Marc Savard return from LTIR.

Ian Mendes via twitter: Jason Spezza is doubtful for tomorrow, hoping to play on Thursday versus Florida.

Helene Elliott via twitter: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty skated on Sunday, but had a set back on Saturday. He will skate again today. He must have 2 straight days without symptoms before he can take a baseline test.

Corey Masisak via twitter: Mike Green  is expected to be available for ‘full-time duty’ for Wednesday’s game according to Bruce Boudreau.

Aaron Portzline via twitter: Rick Nash was fined $2,500 for high-sticking Mark Giordano on Friday.

Helene Elliott via twitter: Wayne Simmonds won’t be suspended or fined by the NHL for his butt-end in Colorado.

Joe Haggerty via twitter: David Krejci missed practice today to get his wisdom teeth pulled.

Eric Engels of CTV: Andrei Markov feels he could be ready for tonight. Jacques Martin says that Markov will get clearance by this weekend.

Erik Erlendsson via twitter: It doesn’t look like Simon Gagne will be ready for Wednesday. Clark and Moore are questionable, Ohlund is possible, and Smaby is unknown.

Chris Botta via twitter: Josh Bailey joined the NY Islanders at practice today.

Chris Botta via twitter: New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner is day-to-day with a groin injury.

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