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Gauging the validity of Ovechkin’s pay cut threat

Sep 21, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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With the lockout in full swing, Alex Ovechkin made the bold claim that he might just stay in Russia beyond this season if the NHL pushes significant pay cuts in a new CBA.

To little surprise, the high-profile star’s words generated quite a few reactions. Here are three takes regarding his comments.

First, let’s start with a former player who went through the last lockout. Jeremy Roenick weighed in on Ovechkin’s comments, essentially dismissing them as a “union ploy.”

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On the other hand,’s Chuck Gormley explains that Ovechkin is still making quite a bit in the KHL and that the NHL should take the threat very seriously.

Finally, here is Sports Talk Live’s take on Ovechkin’s leverage and the advantages he’d enjoy staying overseas.

Which viewpoint makes the most sense to you?

  1. ravenscaps48 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Because if there is one opinion that I value more in the hockey world, It’s Definitely Jeremy Roenick’s…. Haha.

    • mpg44 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      True !! But on the subject at hand. This really shows what a big headed a-hole ovi really is. It’s time he learns the entire hockey world DOES NOT revolve around him !! If that’s really how you feel , then do it and stay there.

      • danphipps01 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        He’s basically Jagr 2.0, really. Big, strong, absurdly gifted scorer…but for all that, he’s no more capable of wearing a C than Jagr was, because they’re both shameless mercenaries. Jagr signed with Philly because they made a better offer than Pittsburgh. Then he signed in Dallas because, you guessed it, they paid the most. And Ovechkin’s no different. If he’s getting paid enough, the particulars of where and who he’s playing don’t really matter. If the AHL offered him his NHL salary, he’d be on the first flight back to North America guaranteed.

    • paledevil - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      You know what, the guy put as much into this league as anyone…. who are u ? Opinions are like anything else ….. couch sittin belly hanging fan, super hot bunny fan or 20 year plus guy everyones got one…

      • mhazz84 - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        What the hell are you trying to say? Sober up before you get on a message board.

  2. danphipps01 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Hey, if he doesn’t come back, does that mean the Caps will finally name a real captain, like Brooks Laich?

    • chocodiletears - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      we can only hope!!

      • ravenscaps48 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Most definitely Brooks. With Hendricks and Brouwer as A’s. plus, it would save us $9 Million in Cap Space. But, lets not get this twisted, I do not want Ovie to stay in Russia. Just give the C to Brooks, and let Ovie worry about scoring. Having Semin gone I think helps him out a ton too

  3. caniacx4 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Frikin waaaaaaahhhh, see ya BABY O

  4. paledevil - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The KHL only plays 52 games…… that alone makes it worth 60% of current contract….

    However the amenities vary from Shangri la to the dark side of the moon

  5. blomfeld - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The following is not recommended reading for fans of the Washington Capitals


    Talk about flip-floppers eh ? Only 48 hours ago, big man “what’s for dinner mom” Ovi is sounding off with his hollow threats about turning his back on the very people who’ve made him rich, by staying in his native “gangster” league. Yet now the loser seems to be changing his tune ? I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Just the sound of this idiot’s name makes me sick ! … and then if I see him it’s too late, as I’m already in the bathroom throwing up !

    I do empathize with Capital fans though, as Washington is a “quality” franchise which deserves so much more from their captain than what this clown offers. He plays the game like a petulant child, completely driven by his own petulant mood. And he’s ignorant, selfish, lazy, untrustworthy, deceitful and very ugly. Caps fans should take note that what he’s done is to essentially point a gun at their heads and threaten to pull the trigger. Of course he won’t because he’s a coward, but the message should be loud and clear. His idiotic contract should be torn up forthwith and he should be traded post haste, for “whatever” the fool will fetch ! And just save it all you NTC lovers … if man can go to the moon, then silly pieces of so-called legal paper can be adjusted quite easily, trust me. The bottom line is that Caps fans deserve a “real” captain again for their team, like Rod Langway … not some “punk” who still lives at home with his mom !


    • dmfc1112 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Hahaha, Ovechkin equals Romney?? Did he not pay enough taxes for you? How dare Ovechkin take home the money he signed for!!

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      The majority of idiotic statements on this board come from you, keep it up.

  6. rsl22 - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    The hatred for Ovechkin is pretty hilarious.

    A) Why on Earth would he stay in DC and pay for his own ice-time (at a Capitals owned practice facility) instead of being paid $6MM tax-free to play in his hometown?

    B) Why are you upset at a guy who is being told the contract he signed is going to be torn up and his salary rolled back? If my company all of a sudden told me my contract was no longer valid and I’m going to face a 17% pay-cut, I’d file a breach of contract suit. For those of us in the real world, rolling back a valid contract as the owners want to do would not hold up in court.

    C) You’re the same people on here who said it was fine for Rick Nash to back out of his contract and demand a trade to one of three teams, but now that it’s Ovechkin, and there is no league, and he’s not being paid, and he’d lose out $6MM (basically tax free), it all of a sudden makes him a terrible person?

    • saki1921 - Sep 22, 2012 at 3:42 AM

      You missed in that contract it states based on the “under current rules of the CBA”

      • polegojim - Sep 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        Yes… I’d say that’s a pretty important part of the agreement.

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