There's a lot of confirmation bias when it comes to Kovalchuk. Some think phrases like 'team player' or words like 'defensive' don't mesh with him. Well Tom Gulitti has some quotes that should seriously put those some to rest. Kovy approached Lemaire and we may be seeing him on the penalty kill soon. I for one have been seeing a change in his game, and it's not just through scoring. He's been back-checking very well the last few games and stick checking in the neutral zone, slowing down the opposition's breakout. He could be a deadly short-handed threat if he excels on the penalty kill. What do you think about his play on both sides of the puck? Would you want him on the kill? Update: Gulitti did a follow up with Kovy.