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The Daily: NHL Not Interested in Games vs. KHL; Boucher Replaces Jones on TNT



Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) approached the NHL about playing some interleague exhibition games and the NHL took a hard pass.

“We wanted our teams to play with NHL clubs,” Morozov told Match TV, according to a DeepL-generated translation. “… Dynamo to play with Washington, for example. We are interested in NHL clubs where there are a lot of Russian stars. But NHL clubs have their own plans.”

The NHL and KHL have played before, but not since the 2010 preseason when the then-Phoenix Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes played Dynamo Riga and SKA Saint Petersburg, respectively.

Washington Hockey Now wrote about the Russian efforts to land games.

The Russians have a particular interest in the Capitals because of Alex Ovechkin’s popularity in his homeland.

Given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the International Ice Hockey Federation’s current position of not allowing Russia to compete in international tournaments, it’s easy to understand why the NHL showed no interest.

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