Last year's blunder is this season's bright idea. Ilya Kovalchuk says a little communication makes all the difference.

Moving lifetime left wing Kovalchuk away from the position where he earned his $100 million contract was a decision that will be forever cited among those that cost John MacLean his head-coaching job last season.

Kovalchuk came into training camp this year under Pete DeBoer with little enthusiasm for a repeat switch.

"That was enough experimenting last year, right?" he said on the day he reported for his physical.

So it's something of a surprise that he says he's satisfied, even glad, to be back on right wing.