The chances are good, given that the NHL is pretty much a lily-white operation -- unlike the NFL and NBA, whose champions were disinvited and never invited, respectively.
But perhaps the biggest reason is Putin's poodle, Trump.
The Washington Post ran an excellent story last year about the deep bromance between Alex Ovechkin and Putin.
Ovechkin has always been a dirty player. But he gets away with his cheap -- and often crippling -- shots because he's a star.
He has amazing hockey talent, but he's still a goon.
And not just in hockey, as the Post details, but also for Putin.
Ovechkin makes a big point of being the boyfriend of a leader who long ago destroyed a fledgling democracy in Russia, while rigging elections to continue what is amounting to a lifetime stay in office, invading countries and brazenly having critics -- in Russia and abroad -- murdered.
And, oh yeah, there's that thing about manipulating the 2016 U.S. election to get his pee-pee boy into the White House.
The only thing mitigating a visit is the fact that Canadians make up the biggest percentage of NHL players, Capitals included.
You know, Canada: home to the brutal dictator Justin Trudeau and America's newest and greatest enemy.
Still, my money's on the invite being extended.
Putin, Trump and Ovechkin.
What a bunch of goons.