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FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, Russian national ice hockey team member Alexander Ovechkin, right, holds a certficate of recognition given to him by President Vladimir Putin, left, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.  **FILE**

LOVERRO: Ovechkin destined for supporting role in Trump-Putin drama

No one knows for sure if Putin is coming, and if he does, when in the fall it might be. But October seems like the likely time, and the further away from the Nov. 6 election day, the better. In this political environment, who knows? But the Capitals have five home dates in October, and Putin could conceivably be in town for any one of them.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Trump gives Putin an Ovechkin jersey

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a gift of a hockey jersey and puck from Alexander Ovechkin at the two leaders' summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.