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Dan’s Daily: Ovechkin Speaks on Ukraine, Small Penguins Changes?

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Give Alex Ovechkin a world of credit. The famously Russian star who tied himself to Vladimir Putin a few years ago had the courage to speak up on the invasion of Ukraine. In hockey matters, Toronto speculation is going mad for J.T. Miller, the Philadelphia Flyers are poking around the NHL trade market, and Jeff Petry may be a target. And Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was brusque when he shut down questions of the significance of lineup changes in practice.

Brad Marchand knows he’s on thin ice. Oh, and Sean Avery (how many of you remember him?) will not make a comeback in the ECHL. Before the comeback began, the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears waived him. c’est la vie.

We’ll start with Ovechkin because it transcends hockey, and he does hold a place in international politics because of his support and recruitment for Team Putin. Those of us old enough to remember the Soviets, or those of you lucky enough to attend schools that taught about it, no explanation of the evils are necessary. Putin is KGB, and his quest to “de-Nazify” a country with a Jewish president is almost Baghdad Bob funny if it weren’t so serious.

Washington: No, the Washington Capitals captain could not criticize Putin. He’d be floating in the Potomac after a freak running “accident” or “accidentally” find mercury in his Dr. Pepper. But he did his best to walk to the line, “No more war.” The full Alex Ovechkin comments.

Good on Ovi. That took real guts.

To hockey…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Head coach Mike Sullivan made a few changes to the lines in practice. Zach Aston-Reese was out, and Kasper Bjorkqvist was in. Pittsburgh Penguins practice.

The latest Penguins injury, and he’s out indefinitely (week-to-week)–Mike Matheson.

PHN+: And, we might see POJ. The Penguins recalled P.O. Joseph on Friday afternoon, but Sullivan curtly shut down questions if he would make changes. Bjorkqvist is excited to be here, and he may be in the Penguins lineup.

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now

It’s a light day.

Sportsnet: No matter how much Vancouver management tries to quell the chatter, Toronto chatter is fever-pitched over J.T. Miller trade rumors.

Thank you to the editors at Sportsnet for recognizing the excellent work by our Stefen Rosner.

Montreal: Props to our site in Montreal. They’re killing it since we re-fired in January. The latest NHL trade rumor is the Philadelphia Flyers may be interested in Jeff Petry.

Boston: There are rules for everyone, and there are rules for Brad Marchand–that’s how the Boston Bruins winger sees it.

Colorado: Examining the pros and cons of trading for Claude Giroux.

Detroit: Rebuilding is never fun. Gustav Lindstrom is a young defenseman with lots of promise and now earning his keep with the Detroit Red Wings.

San Jose: Another reason why Zdeno Chara would fit with the Penguins. Even on his record-breaking night, Chara dropped the gloves to teach a kid a lesson. Chara will be a good get, no matter if he’s lost a step, on the NHL trade market.

TSN: The Seattle Kraken are exploring trades for defenseman Mark Giordano.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
2 months ago

Kudos to Ovie for speaking out. Need more Russian stars to do the same. 71?

Wasnt
2 months ago

He didn’t speak out he just said he wanted the situation to end. The questions were very softball.
Panarin spoke out once and had to basically go in to hiding so I get that Ovenchicken would not say much. His family, wife and kid are in Russia right now.

DaGama
DaGama
2 months ago
Reply to  Wasnt

This.

Frank
Frank
2 months ago

I think that Mike Sullivan is in the top group of NHL coaches. And I know he has to manage a team that will include 2 goaltenders; 3 defensive pairings and 4 forward lines but . . . The potential scratch of Ashton-Reese as as part of correcting the current slide just strikes me as worrying about a coffee spill in the Titanic dining room 45 minutes after iceberg impact. There are at least 4 other forwards on the team that are not doing anything measurably better than Ashton-Reese . .. some less. But Sully knows far far more than… Read more »

DaGama
DaGama
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Ovie has a history of being an outspoken Putin supporter. Just sayin’.

Uros
Uros
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Well said. Just let the guys play hockey. That’s what they’re here for. Why would anyone want to involve them in something they’re not part of? As for ZAR, he has been pretty bad. Yes, others might’ve done worse, but that diesn’t mean he was good. You can’t say they aren’t trying. The’ve tried everything with Kapanen. Benching, scratching and a roller-coaster between 1st and 4th lines. Nothing helped. Maybe it will with ZAR.

Kris
Kris
2 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Well as you saw, Aston-Reese was in the game and part of a solid, checking 4th line, again, still, as always.

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
2 months ago

What really gets my goat, is New Jersey rolled into Chicago and let in 8 goals to the mighty Black Hawks.

Pete
Pete
2 months ago

Two thoughts. First maybe the hockey team in our nation’s capital should stop referring to themselves as the Russian machine. That is far more offensive than Redskins.
Second, Brad Marchand is a low class POS punk that takes cowardly cheap shots and he needs to be punched out so he might get some sense knocked into him!

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