I'm not sure the benefit of dragging this out and to be honest, I'm getting tired of writing the same thing over and over. There's no reason for Kovalchuk to play this season. Absolutely none. If he does return, especially at less than 100 percent, the Devils are just tempting fate. If they string this out day by day, they're just wasting people's time. But I'm not Pete DeBoer. I'm not Ilya Kovalchuk. I'm not Lou Lamoriello. I'll let them make the decision, even if it is a poor one.