On the summer:
It was a pretty fun summer, just chill with my friends; go out almost every night.
On the longest he went without being on the ice:
Probably month and a half. I have a pretty hard workout in the summer so I feel pretty good and ready to go.
On his summer training:
I changed my coach. I worked with a different coach and we'll see how I'm going to feel this year. It's probably the same but different group of guys I work with, some different drills and it was good.
On what the team learned from last year:
We lost couple guys but we have different guys here. But most group of guys we have last year are staying together, so again it was hard experience but we move on. We have to work the same as we did in the regular season but we have to think about the playoffs differently.
On whether there will be a different approach to this season:
We know what we have to do. We have to play our game and be ourselves and don't listen to nobody, just concentrate on game.
On having essentially the same team back from last year:
It's nice when you can come back to locker room and you know more of the guys and you have chemistry with them. So the new guys, I hope they will enjoy here and we do everything we can to say hello to them.
Ovi trained with Kovalchuk's fitness coach. His former fitness coach Dmitri Kapitonov moved back to St. Petersburg and is working together with his brother for SKA.