NHL notes: Dynamo trying to keep Ovechkin post-lockout

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is a wanted man in in the Russian capital, where he's...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is a wanted man in in the Russian capital, where he's playing with KHL side Moscow Dynamo. (REUTERS)

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Moscow Dynamo has developed a genuine affection towards Alex Ovechkin.

The Washington Capitals captain has been playing for Moscow of the KHL during the lockout and playing so well, team president Arkady Rotenberg has developed a little man-crush on Ovechkin. So much so he's talking about trying to keep Ovechkin around once the NHL lockout ends.

"Is there the desire to retain Alexander Ovechkin at Dynamo after the NHL lockout? Dynamo has such thoughts," Rotenberg told Russia's R-Sport. "So we are looking in that direction, we'll see whether it'll work out."

According to the report, SKA St. Petersburg is trying to find a way to keep New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk in the fold.

Kovalchuk has nine goals and 17 assists in 16 games with SKA while Ovechkin has six goals and eight assists in 14 games with Dynamo.

HAGELIN HEADS HOME

New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has left the Swedish team he was playing for an returned to New York to rehab a shoulder injury, according to the New York Post.

Hagelin was hurt late last month while playing for Sodertalje and originally expected to be out day to day. But team officials said Tuesday that the injury might be more serious than first thought and Hagelin had an MRI done to determine the extent of the damage.

Because of the lockout, Hagelin isn't allowed to contact the Rangers training staff while rehabbing the injury.

SPENGLER FOR SHEDDEN

Doug Shedden will coach the national team at the Spengler Cup next month after serving for three years as an assistant, Hockey Canada announced Thursday.

Shedden has been coaching EV Zug of the Swiss league since 2008. Chris McSorley, who coaches Geneve-Servette of the Swiss league, will be an assistant to Shedden.

The Spengler Cup will be held Dec. 26-31 in Davos Switzerland. The roster will consist mainly of Canadians playing pro hockey in European along with some AHLers on loan from NHL teams. The roster will be announced in mid-December.

THUNDER-STRUCK

The John Chabot-led group of locked-out Ottawa-area NHLers and friends has confirmed its charity game Monday night in Thunder Bay.

The formal announcement will take place Friday.

Not making the trip is Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has plans for a family vacation next week.

The complete list of those playing in the game remains a work in progress, but ex-Senators Nick Foligno, Brian Lee and Matt Cullen and Winnipeg Jets' Jim Slater, Mark Stewart and Grant Clitsome have confirmed participation. Many of the Senators and Montreal Canadiens who played in a similar game Monday in Cornwall, Ont., also are expected to make the trip.

The game in Cornwall drew a crowd of 4,800 and raised close to $100,000 for First Assist, a program that allows First Nations youth the opportunity to experience city life, with the aim of pursuing positive opportunities after graduating high school.

CZECH-ING OUT

Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell is considering signing with Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga, according to the Boston Globe.

Campbell has so far avoided playing during the lockout but he says he's getting to the point where he needs to play. Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference, one of 10 Boston players who signed with European teams, has been with Budejovice since mid-September.

"I've talked to a number of guys around the league that I'm close with. Everybody says they're bored," Campbell told the Globe. "I try and look for things to do, things that I've always wanted to do, to pursue those things. But I'm a hockey player. I want to get back to playing."

Since he hasn't been playing during the lockout, Campbell has instead been getting his adrenaline rush by doing ride-alongs with Boston cops.

BRIEFLY

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson will join HC Bolzano of the top Italian league, according to the team website. Hjalmarsson, who will play for Bolzano in the Continental Cup, is set to arrive in Italy on Friday ... Boston Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev could soon return to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, according to the Windsor Star. Khokhlachev has been playing with Moscow Spartak of the KHL this season despite having junior eligibility ... Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson, who is playing with Rochester of the AHL, will miss an extended period of time after breaking his right hand during a game against Adirondack. Hodgson has one goal and nine assists in nine games ... Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is growing weary of the extra attention he's getting from the Russian media while playing for CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Bryzgalov reportedly snapped at a reporter recently, asking "What do you want me to say? You've been writing filth about me and now you are asking for an interview?" Bryzgalov also told the reporter his wife and parents have forbidden him from doing interviews.


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