Watching Samuel Ersson and Felix Sandstrom jockey to claim the Flyers backup job behind the surprisingly hot Carter Hart, I was reminded of Ivan Fedotov, who seemed to have the inside edge on that position heading into the year. He was becoming a popular stash in dynasties due to his excellent KHL numbers, expiring contract overseas, opportunity behind a floundering Hart, and his massive frame (6-8, 203 lbs).
But then Fedotov was arrested by the Russian military for draft evasion in early July. In case you missed it, here is a recap. This clip purports to show the arrest.
Details are scarce and difficult to sort through—reports surfaced right after the arrest that Fedotov had fallen ill and was being taken to the hospital—but the whole affair was an unexpected and chilling collision of sports and politics.