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The Daily: Russian Coach Believes Ovechkin, Malkin Should be Playing at Home



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A Russian believes Alex Ovechkin should be playing in the KHL.

Former Detroit Red Wings superstars Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov are back in Russia. Both are coaching in the KHL. However, a Russian hockey coach believes the league missed a golden opportunity. They could’ve put a couple of current Russian superstars back on the ice in their homeland.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were both recently unrestricted free agents. Vladimir Plyuschev believes his homeland dropped the ball. They should be bringing home the country’s two most prominent hockey stars to chase pucks in the KHL.

Plyuschev is the head coach for the Russian Supreme League’s Kazzinc-Torpedo. Nonetheless, that isn’t preventing him from taking his own country’s hockey hierarchy to task. Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now is reporting on Plyuschev’s interview with He thinks the league should’ve done more to get Ovechkin and Malkin to play back home rather than remain at the NHL level.

“Stars continue to go overseas, but new top players don’t go to Russia,” Plyuschev said. “And here are questions for the KHL leadership. The league office is clearly underperforming.

“Work must be done… this is the duty of KHL bosses, to [improve] conditions and quality of the league so that superstars sign contracts with Russian clubs.”

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