Imagine this happening in Washington: Alex Ovechkin shows up at Verizon Center coughing and wheezing due to bronchitis and a high fever.
How often have we read stories about the difficult adjustments young Russian players need to make when they come to the NHL?
To some, it may seem sacrilegious.
I mean, who other than Wayne Gretzky has the audacity to wear No. 99 in professional hockey?
Nicklas Backstrom, that’s who.