As the week comes to an end, the news from around the NHL is slowing down just a bit. While there were no major signings like earlier in the week, one major Russian star made some comments that got the rest of the world talking. Meanwhile, another Russian star will be an ambassador of the game when the NHL heads back to China this summer. Here is the news for Friday, July 19.
After signing a new seven-year contract with the Rangers on July 1st, Artemi Panarin made headlines again as he made comments on a Youtube video that was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (New York Post)
All signs point to the NHL wanting to go the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. After holding preseason games in China last September, the NHL announced that Alex Ovechkin would visit China as an NHL Ambassador. (Washington Times)
Penguins star Sidney Crosby is getting inspiration from Patriots QB Tom Brady and tennis star Roger Federer as he enters his 15th season in the league. (NHL.com)
Chris Kelly is back with the Boston Bruins organization as the team announced on Thursday they hired Kelly as a Player Development Coordinator. (Boston Hockey Now)
The New York Rangers added depth to their roster on Thursday by signing free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe to a two-way contract. (Newsday)
After drafting Jack Hughes number one, trading for P.K. Subban, and signing Wayne Simmonds the New Jersey Devils off-season has been quiet. With the Devils having salary cap space to add players here are three moves that Devils GM Ray Shero can still do this off-season. (NJ.com)
If you are a fan of Connor McDavid, beware of fake autographs as his signature has been forged onto Oilers jerseys for big money. (ESPN)