The latest roundup of notable news involving NHL Olympians along with some recent NHL news.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body injury) practiced yesterday with Russia’s Men’s hockey team and said he’ll be ready to play in their tournament opener against Slovenia.
USA TODAY: Russian star Alexander Ovechkin is coping well with the pressure of being the face of the Russian team. His face is literally everywhere on billboard ads throughout Sochi.
NJ.COM: Former Devils stars Ilya Kovalchuk may be hated in New Jersey but he’s beloved in his native Russia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk’s had a good season so far in the KHL but he’s not exactly tearing it up. He’s ninth in league scoring with 40 points in 44 games, though he missed six games to injury. Still, he’s behind former NHLers Nigel Dawes, Kyle Wilson and Brandon Bochenski in the scoring race.
CBS SPORTS: Team USA’s tentative lines were revealed during its first practice, most notably with Joe Pavelski centering the first line with James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel.
CBC.CA: Team USA GM David Poile won’t be traveling to Sochi as he’s recovering from surgery after being struck in the face last week by an errant puck.
TSN.CA: Teemu Selanne was named captain of Finland’s Men’s hockey team. Kimmo Timonen and Leo Komarov were named alternate captains.
NBC SPORTS: Slovakia’s tentative first line includes Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus and Tomas Tatar.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott speculates the 2014 Sochi Olympics could be the last for the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently observed, the players love participating in the Olympics but the owners don’t because the Olympic did little to improve league revenue. Flyers owner Ed Snider recently proclaimed his hatred of Olympic participation, a view likely shared by most of his peers.
NOTE: Other than Olympic game recaps, news involving Canada’s Men’s Olympic team will appear throughout the Olympics in “Canadian Corner”.
NHL.COM: Carey Price, Kari Lehtonen and Jarome Iginla were the NHL’s “stars of the week”.
NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing regarding a slash last week on NY Islanders’ forward Frans Nielsen.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) hopes to return to action on February 26.