Donald Fehr

With NHL out, Russia wants players back in KHL for Olympics

Russia is hoping the lure of playing in the Olympics draws some players back home to the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Russian Hockey Federation said Wednesday it will try to keep KHL players from leaving for North America and attempt to bring NHL free agents back this summer. That could include pending free agents like the Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov.

"In Russia, all the necessary conditions will be created to grow their skill and readiness to play for the national team," board chairman Arkady Rotenberg said in a statement.

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin reiterated Tuesday he plans to represent Russia at the 2018...