Kaprizov’s return from Russia ‘more difficult’ than Wild expected as focus turns to hockey

Kaprizov's return from Russia 'more difficult' than Wild expected as focus turns to hockey

Kirill Kaprizov was on the ice Thursday morning at Tria Rink in St. Paul for the first practice of Wild training campparticipation that shouldn’t have been notable. The star forward has played only one season of a plump five-year, $45 million contract, and his next release is highly anticipated after his previous record-breaking performance. But … Read more

Kirill Kaprizov ‘did exactly what he had to do’ in returning from Russia to Wild

Kirill Kaprizov 'did exactly what he had to do' in returning from Russia to Wild

Kirill Kaprizov was on the ice Thursday morning at Tria Rink in St. Paul for the first practice of Wild training campparticipation that shouldn’t have been notable. The star forward has played only one season of a plump five-year, $45 million contract, and his next release is highly anticipated after his previous record-breaking performance. But … Read more

Inside Wild star Kirill Kaprizov’s harrowing offseason journey back from Russia to the US

The Athletic

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Like most other Wild players and staff, head coach Dean Evason had to follow the superstar winger Kirill Kaprizov‘s harrowing situation from earlier this summer. He saw the news reports around the NHL draft in July saying Kaprizov was wanted in Russia for allegedly obtaining a fake military ID card years … Read more

Ivan Miroshnichenko expected to play in Russia this season once medically cleared

Ivan Miroshnichenko expected to play in Russia this season once medically cleared

The Washington Capitals selected Russian forward, Ivan Miroshnichenko, with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. The immensely talented winger fell down the draft board after having his entire career halted by a Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis earlier in the year that required multiple rounds of chemotherapy to treat. Now, Miroshnichenko is back on … Read more

Tony Esposito was reluctant Summit Series hero for Canada 50 years ago

Tony Esposito was reluctant Summit Series hero for Canada 50 years ago

Never was it his enthusiasm for the competitive challenge of suiting up with an NHL all-star team 50 years ago this month to face an unknown team of Russians, four games to be played in Canada, then four more in Moscow. “Without my brother,” says Phil Esposito, indisputably Canada’s leader and best player, “we don’t … Read more

Cournoyer cherishes memories, friendships made during the 1972 Summit Series

Cournoyer cherishes memories, friendships made during the 1972 Summit Series

It was the early 1990s, two decades after the historic 1972 Summit Series, and Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak was landing at Mirabel Airport north of Montreal, bound for Toronto with Cournoyer for an autograph signing. “I picked Vladislav up at the airport in the early afternoon, and we were flying from Dorval (Montreal’s main airport) … Read more

Colorado Avalanche Notebook: Francouz Happy Here, Georgiev Reportedly Stayed Away From Russia

Pavel Francouz Colorado Avalanche

There was an interesting interview Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz gave the other day to a Czech news outlet – iDNES.cz. Thanks to our friends at Eurolanche.comled by David Puchovsky, we have some translated quotes from Francouz’s discussion. Some highlights: Francouz said he thinks he might have a more “equal” playing time split with Alexander … Read more

Alex Ovechkin returns from Russia, participates in Capitals’ informal skate

Alex Ovechkin returns from Russia, participates in Capitals' informal skate

One of the biggest anxieties for Capitals fans this summer ended quietly and without any trouble. Alex Ovechkin re-joined the team on Friday, taking a casual swirl around MedStar Capitals Iceplex with around two dozen of his teammates. The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir posted video on Twitter. Alex Ovechkin has joined the informal skates. #Caps pic.twitter.com/uGriOsVGzv … Read more

Alex Ovechkin to fly out of Russia on September 7 in preparation for Capitals Training Camp

Alex Ovechkin to fly out of Russia on September 7 in preparation for Capitals Training Camp

It appears we know when Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be back in the United States before Training Camp begins on September 22. While speaking with a correspondent from Sport-ExpressOvechkin’s Russian agent Gleb Chistyakov was asked when Ovi is expected to leave Russia. “Alexander Ovechkin plans to fly out of Russia on September 7th,” … Read more