NHL trade chatter involving the Montreal Canadiens continued to heat up over the last 24-48 hours. However, the focus of the hockey, sports, and real world shifted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
What does longtime supporter of dictator Vladimir Putin, Alexander Ovechkin think of his hockey buddy unleashing an unprovoked war on the people of Ukraine?
That and more in the latest Canadiens Wrap:
Could the Montreal Canadiens actually be major players on the NHL free agent market this summer?
Are the Philadelphia Flyers in on the Jeff Petry NHL trade sweepstakes?
There is no need for the Canadiens to rush a Ben Chiarot trade.
The Carey Price comeback bid has hit another speed bump.
National Hockey Now
Washington: Capitals captain and longtime Vladimir Putin supporter Alexander Ovechkin wouldn’t criticize his President but he did plead for peace in Ukraine and around the world.
Boston: Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk finally met the media early Friday morning and while he thanked his teammates for their support, he never rescinded or even reconsidered his trade request.
Boston: The Boston Bruins continue to scour the trade market for a rugged, big, two-way defenceman. Does Philadelphia Flyers rearguard Rasmus Ristolainen make sense?
Philly: Are the Philadelphia Flyers shopping veteran forward Derick Brassard on the NHL trade market?
Detroit: What teams could make the most sense as NHL trade suitors for Detroit Red Wings forward Vladislav Namestnikov?
Colorado: A detailed look at the pros and cons of the Colorado Avalanche acquiring Flyers captain Claude Giroux on the NHL trade market.
Vegas: Who are some candidates for the Vegas Golden Knights to somehow acquire on the NHL trade market and stay under the salary cap?
Canada Hockey Now
Vancouver: Vancouver Canucks players in NHL trade rumours continue to downplay the rumors.
Calgary: Are the Calgary Flames a team interested in Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg?
Finally, the Los Angeles Kings don’t plan on being sellers at the trade Deadline.
Russian hockey journalist Slava Malamud has never been afraid of Putin and the real chance he could literally lose his life for speaking up for democracy. For the past week, Malamud has unleashed a fury of criticism for Ovechkin and others who support the ruthless dictator.
Former public relations guru for the IIHF Szymon Szemberg is calling on his former employers to ban Russia from all IIHF events until the Russian military leaves Ukraine.