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Ovechkin going to the KHL if there’s a lockout

Sep 7, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin

In case there was any doubt, Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday that he’ll play in the KHL in the event of an NHL lockout.

“We’ll see what’s going to happen,” the Capitals’ captain said, as per “No one wants to be in a lockout but if [there is] I’m going to play in the KHL. It’s not a surprise. I will go.”

Ovechkin has been one of the more outspoken critics of the owners during the labor dispute.

“They tell [us] what they want and think that cutting our salaries and our contract years is going to help that,” he said earlier in the week. “Why are they still signing guys for 10 years and not five years? It’s strange and they look stupid. They right now say they want to cut salary and everything. Lots of guys just won’t come back if this happens.”

With $88 million still owing on his $124 million contract, Ovechkin may be more determined than most of his union brethren to fight the owners’ demands that the PA argues will serve as a salary rollback.

Related: Dynamo Moscow president says he’s “against” adding Alex Ovechkin

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    “Why are they still signing guys for 10 years and not five years? It’s strange and they look stupid.” To that, I say amen.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Why are players still asking for 10 (or more) years? Looks stupid to me, too.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        I suppose if someone offered me millions of dollars and job security for 10+ years, I’d take it too.

  2. id4joey - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Good for him. I sincerely think he should stay in the KHL. This guy will never win a cup wearing the big C. He is not franchise material. Hunter proved that to us last year, as too did previous playoff exits when he under achieved.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Because Gretzky and Lemieux were known for their defensive abilities

    • stakex - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Yes, Ovechkin under performed in the playoffs in years past. Oh wait, no he didn’t.

      Currently he has 30 goals and 29 assists in 51 career playoff games. Before last year, where the Caps pretty much played no offense in the playoffs, he had 25 goals and 25 assists in 37 games. Those are pretty amazing numbers, and he is certainly not the reason the Caps haven’t gone deep in the playoffs.

      Any moron that knows anything about hockey will tell you what Hunter proved last year is that you can’t win the cup by playing defense only. Nothing more, nothing less.

  3. DTF31 - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    If he really wants to get Leonsis to blow his whistle he should sign a 3 year deal worth more than he’d make over here with only a handshake out clause. Same for Geno, Datsyuk, Kovalchuk. Pretty sure you’d have 4 owners change their tunes immediately.

    • ravenscaps48 - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM


  4. id4joey - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Hockeyflow33 you missed the point: Lemieux and Gretz were franchise players and deserving of the C. Not OV!

    • babykaby - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      No, the point is that you are pretty stupid.

  5. ducksk - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I can’t wait to see the showboater, 1 way player leave. Wish him well with all the hot ruskie babes, vodka, and potatoes. NHL will not crumble without guys like him.
    I’d rather watch hartnell fight and scratch for everything he gets.

    • babykaby - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:42 AM

      Sound like sour grapes. You just wish he was playing on your team. Could you be more jealous?

  6. ricepilof - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    more players that don’t come back eh ovi? don’t threaten us/NHL with a better experience. half of you Russian players are lazy bums who like to shoot first pass never and have no interest in learning the English language.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      I’d bet a nickel or two that OV’s English is better than your Russian, French, Swedish, Finnish, German or Czech.

    • babykaby - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:40 AM

      Biased much? Must be Canadian.

  7. capsrockva - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Just the dam dam F***ing done I want to hockey this season

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