Artemi Panarin expressed earlier this season that he needs to play for Russia within the 2022 Beijing Olympics, however there was hypothesis he wouldn’t be invited given his public opposition of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
In an interview with a Russian media outlet, R-Sport, revealed Monday, Panarin revealed he has actually met with staff officers to debate his participation on the Olympic Video games in February.
“In October, I met with Alexei Zhamnov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Sergei Gonchar,” Panarin instructed R-Sport. “They told me that we should not play for ourselves, but for our country. That everyone, regardless of their position on the team, should do their job one hundred percent. There shouldn’t be a situation where a player comes in thinking about individual statistics — goals and assists.”
After Panarin spoke out in opposition to Putin, which included declaring his assist for Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, a former KHL coach of his levied unfounded assault allegations in opposition to him to a Russian tabloid final season. Panarin was compelled to take a depart of absence from the Rangers and has since determined to not communicate out politically anymore.
The Beijing Olympics, which is about to happen from Feb. 4-20, could be Panarin’s first. After the NHL and Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation solidified an settlement in September, NHL gamers are set to return to the Olympics for the primary time since 2014. The league designed the schedule to have a two-week break to accommodate the gamers who’re touring to Beijing.
“Yes, winning the Olympics is every hockey player’s dream, but I try to think less about Beijing,” Panarin stated. “I don’t want to burn out. I play better when I approach tournaments and matches with a cool head. I play for my country, that’s why I take on a completely different responsibility. The main thing is to stay injury-free.”
Greg McKegg entered COVID-19 protocol on Monday and didn’t skate with the staff.
Contemplating the Rangers simply confronted the Islanders, who’ve been shut down by the NHL after having eight gamers take a look at constructive for the coronavirus, any constructive take a look at among the many staff is worrisome. McKegg, nonetheless, was scratched in the course of the Nov. 24 matchup on Lengthy Island.
“I hope not,” head coach Gerard Gallant stated when requested if it may very well be an issue. “I don’t have any worries today, I mean, everybody else tested negative.”
Chris Kreider nearly pulled off the famous Michigan goal – or lacrosse purpose – within the Rangers’ 5-2 win over the Bruins within the NHL’s Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday. After a referee referred to as it a purpose, the play went beneath evaluation and it was overturned.
“It’s something I mess around with occasionally… I had a little separation,” he stated after observe Monday. “The puck wasn’t completely flat, so I figured I’d strive.
“It’s a silly skill, just kind of happened organically. Probably won’t happen again.”