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CSN MID ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is hopeful the NHL participates in the 2018 Winter Olympic in South Korea, vowing he and other players will definitely be there.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL hasn’t committed to attending the 2018 Games, and the resurrection of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 is seen as its replacement for the Olympics. However, Olympic participation remains popular among NHL players. Ovechkin, with the blessing of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, was also among the first to promise participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics when the league was expressing reluctance over participating in those Games. If enough NHL stars vow to take part in the 2018 Games, the league could once again find itself forced into particpiating, as they won’t want the embarrassment of some of their best players taking off for two weeks to represent their countries against the league’s wishes.
NBC SPORTS: New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh claims he’s feeling almost 100 percent after recovering from a broken foot suffered during the 2015 playoffs. He’s now skating and taking part in workouts. McDonagh expects to be ready for training camp next month.
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA: Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker is under a one-year contract, after which he’ll be eligible for UFA status. That makes this season a crucial one. Boedker has expressed a willingness to re-sign with the Coyotes, but they’ll have to wait until after January 1, 2016 to being contract negotiations.
SPORTS FORECASTER: Unrestricted free agent winger Curtis Glencross may accept a training camp tryout with the Colorado Avalanche.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Former Penguins winger and current UFA Tyler Kennedy is skating in Pittsburgh while awaiting a new contract. There’s no indication he’ll get a tryout offer from the Penguins.
SPORTSNET: Some NHL players, like Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler, are cool to the possibility of advertising on NHL jerseys. Others, like New Jersey’s Mike Cammalleri, aren’t dismissive of the notion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Folks, there’s been advertisements on NHL jerseys and player equipment for years. The league won’t allow jersey ads to become as garish as those in some European leagues. Any ads on jerseys will be unobtrusive, probably like this. Most fans won’t even notice them unless it’s pointed out to them.
SI.COM: A full-length documentary about the California Golden Seals is in the works.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers have named Brady Robinson as their new goaltender development coach.