Clearly some reporters aren't as forgiving as you.... http://www.nj.com/de...01/post_32.html
Looked fun. The players had fun and it looks like the fans enjoyed it (including us here). He just played for months over there, he's Russian, its their all-star game. I really don't hold anything against Kovy for wanting to be part of this. He's in better position to be ready for games than those that just worked out during the lockout. This is no big deal. I actually respect him more for being true to his roots at the expense of a day or two of TC as long as there has been open communication with Lou that we haven't heard about.
I know it's been said but this all comes down to how the devils play over the course of the beggining of the season. If they come out hot all of these issues are non issues.