With Alex Ovechkin expected to return to D.C. soon for the start of training camp with the Washington Capitals, the KHL is facing criticism for not doing more to have the Great 8 playing in Russia.
Torpedo head coach Vladimir Plyuschev laid into the league, saying that it should have done more to keep Ovechkin in Russia and bring star power to the KHL.
Meanwhile, in the NHL, players are starting to return for informal skates and continuing their offseason workouts, while other teams are making sure they checked off everything on their to-do list. One team that certainly has: the Montreal Canadiens. From the No. 1 pick to a couple of strong trades, did they win the summer?
Here are the latest news and notes and everything to know from D.C. and across the NHL:
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- Where did Ovechkin get the inspiration for his iconic yellow laces and tinted visor? (WHN)
- Speaking of the Great 8, here’s more on what Plyuschev had to say about the KHL and why the league is “clearly underperforming” if Ovechkin is playing in North America. (WHN)
- What can the Capitals expect from Connor Brown this season? (WHN)
- The Calgary Flames had to clear cap space to make room for Nazem Kadri, and sent Sean Monahan to the Canadiens for practically nothing. Here’s what Montreal got and why they cashed in big time with the 27-year-old. Montreal Canadiens (MHN)
- Speaking of strong offseasons, the Flames made quite a few moves that should take the franchise to new heights. Calgary Flames (CHN)
- Could P.K. Subban or Keith Yandle be headed to Boston? It’s possible. Boston Bruins (BHN)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- The Buffalo Sabres are bringing back the goathead, and I already know they’re going to be the new best third jersey in the league.
Surprise, boys! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Vs1swWZpCC
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 31, 2022
- As I mentioned in the past, I don’t think that Washington would go for Subban. He’d provide dpeth on the right side, but he’s reportedly getting attention from teams and can be “selective” about his next spot. Ultimately, I don’t see him coming to D.C. without being guaranteed NHL minutes. Still, it’s worth noting beyond John Carlson, Nick Jensen and Trevor van Riemsdyk, there’s not another experienced NHL RHD in line. Taking that into account, don’t sleep on Vincent Iorio.
- The KHL might be getting a United Arab Emirates team. It’s not only huge for the nation but also for the growth of hockey worldwide.
A club from the United Arab Emirates might join the KHL.
Alexey Morozov, the KHL president, recently said that an Emirati club might join the league in the coming seasons, as the negotiations continue
All of the the three ice hockey fans in the UAE must be thrilled.
— Karl Månsson (@karl_khl) September 1, 2022