For years – decades, actually -- NHL teams shied away from drafting Russian players, fearing they would be too difficult to sign and retain.
Is it possible that Alex Ovechkin is starting to get homesick – for Washington?
Did one of Moscow’s most celebrated sons leave his “soul” in D.C.?
Remember how everyone thought it would be great for Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin to play on the same line together with Moscow Dynamo?
Imagine this happening in Washington: Alex Ovechkin shows up at Verizon Center coughing and wheezing due to bronchitis and a high fever.