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Alex Ovechkin calls NHL’s recent actions “a deception”

Oct 21, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin has been particularly critical of the NHL throughout the lockout and that certainly hasn’t changed in light of this week’s events. The NHL recently presented the union with a new offer, and then promptly rejected the NHLPA’s counter proposals.

Since then, both sides have spent plenty of time speaking to the media, but it doesn’t look like they’ve done any meaningful negotiating.

“The NHL gave fans and media hope. But in reality it is a deception,” said Ovechkin, according to TSN. “The league is trying to show that it is working to try and save the season, but they are not offering anything new. It’s all the same.

“Owners and players are at war. Bettman is under heavy pressure and trying to protect himself from criticism. Yes he made an offer and said it was good. But good for who, for Bettman?”

Ovechkin took this opportunity to reiterate his previous claim that he might decide to stay in the KHL depending on what the next CBA looks like.

“I said it before, before I sign a contract, if the league decides to cut our salaries and cut our contracts for what they want, I don’t know how many guys will be coming back,” Ovechkin said.

  1. danphipps01 - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Yes, Ovi, you emphasized that it was about the money for you last time. We don’t need a reminder. Not that you’re even slightly wrong about the NHL’s last offer or anything.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Hard to disagree with Ovechkin here. The only issue is the IIHF which I don’t think will allow for players to play elsewhere with a previously signed contract.

    • bcjim - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      And the fact that the KHL is just not on the NHLs level in any respect. Sure they can pay a few big names huge$ but to what? So did the USFL. All in all they are not a serious threat tho the NHL on any level.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        They’ve already built the framework for a solid league and over the next few years it wouldn’t be surprising to find it rival the AHL. Obviously it won’t kill the league to play without a number of Euros but if enough stay over there….

    • stakex - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Not to mention the KHL and NHL have an agreement to honor eachothers contracts… meaning if guys like Ovechkin want to play hockey after the lockout, it will be in the NHL.

      I like Ovi, but hes just blowing a lot of smoke right now…. wouldn’t be shocked if Fehr is telling him what to say.

      • gibbstastic - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        He is talking about honoring contracts. He signed a contract and expects the league to honor that and not cut his salary.

        If they decide to cut his salary, they are in fact not honoring his contract and should be allowed to stay in the KHL and play there if he chooses.

      • stakex - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM


        No see thats where you’re wrong, and one of the big problems with most fans… they don’t understand how the whole thing works.

        All the players contracts are tied to the CBA, and most certainly have a clause that deals with possible salary rollbacks. This is part of doing business in a professional sport. So no, the NHL would not be doing anything to break the players cotnracts if there is a rollback in salary.

      • nyrnashty - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        The transfer agreement expires June, 30, 2013, KHL wouldn’t renew it and if that happens all NHL players can play in the KHL after that without the fear of penalties (No Olympics, have to return to NHL etc) from the IIHF and the NHL.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        I did mention that though

    • nyrnashty - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      The transfer agreement expires June, 30, 2013, KHL wouldn’t renew it and if that happens all NHL players can play in the KHL after that without the fear of penalties (No Olympics, have to return to NHL etc) from the IIHF and the NHL.

  3. natlbnkilr - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I’m with Ovi on this one… If the NHL is not going to honor the current contracts that they signed off on, I would not come back either. I’m betting that the KHL would consider the current NHL contracts null and void and let them stay.

  4. pkswally024 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Did NBC really not post my comment? Clowns.

  5. rsl22 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Ovechkin, as always, will take plenty of flak for his comments (see TSN’s comments board, already 10k negative comments about him).

    However, Crosby said he was disappointed with the NHL and is going to consider playing abroad, and he’s just being smart.

    “Good for Bettman” is probably one of the smartest things any player has said, but feel free to leave anti-Russian, greedy player, stay in Russia comment’s as always.

    • stakex - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Thing is, Bettman really isn’t going to “win” in this mess. Hes not somehow going to make money from this, and if the NHL brand is damaged he’ll probably be the first one to go. So everyone acting like Bettman is somehow wanting this thing to drag on is kidding themselves.

      As I keep pointing out… the only one with nothing to lose in this whole thing is Fehr. He has no stake in hockey what so ever, and will lose nothing if the sport is hurt in NA.

  6. ndrick731 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Since the khl has an agreement in place with the NHL to honor each others contracts he can talk all he wants about staying there but he can’t play hockey there. That said his thoughts are in the right place. The owners and their stooge bettman have taken greed to a new level.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      The relationship between USA/Canada Hockey and their Russian counterparts isn’t exactly great. It’s not too hard to fathom a complete falling out between the parties.

  7. id4joey - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Hmm! OV knows a thing or two about being deceptive. He is impersonating being a captain and superstar. Yes! He sells tickets with his flashy play, but, he needs to grow up to become a SC champion. Anyway! He is not one of the players who’s quotes will carry any weight.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Right, because it’s not as if the league uses him as one of the main marketable players. You post the dumbest statements on this board.

      How much defense did Gretzky and Lemieux play?

  8. stangz11 - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I would love to hear a non-star player comment on these negotiations. Sick of hearing the millionaire players with nothing to lose (since they can play overseas) act like they’re the only ones that matter

  9. broadstreetbeatdown - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The bottom 10 teams are holding the NHL hostage. The only teams who want to honor previously signed contracts are the ones who don’t make money. Phoenix, Nashville, NJ are a few that come to mind.

  10. blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM


    Can’t say I’m a huge “Ovi” fan myself, but I will offer him “polite” applause for at least “trying” to think outside of the box. Oh there’s a deception alright ! The only problem is that it’s a little more complex and involved than what Ovechkin’s able to comprehend.

    With a “pre-determined” start date to the season in place which is likely by Nov 20 latest, both sides continue to pass the time with ever-more phony theatrics and contrived disagreements. Entire blocks have time have gone by, apparently without so much as a whisper from one party to the other ? How is that even possible ? With so much “allegedly” on the line and the sand in the hour glass now quickly running out, wouldn’t it be logical to expect these people to be at it “24/7” in an effort to reach an accord ? Of course it would ! And yet we see the complete opposite from them ? This last exchange was positively hilarious, with Bettman and company dismissing Fehr’s latest proposal in less time than it takes to brush your teeth ! This entire issue screams “deception” and a “hidden agenda” at play here ! … yet people continue to get all caught up in the nuts & bolts of a “supposed” impasse, all the while fearing for the worst possible outcome ?

    The adage “can’t see the forest for the trees” sure comes to mind. I say people should just relax, step back and take the “entire picture” into view, instead of succumbing to fear and needless panic. We will have a season friends and it will start shortly … guaranteed ! :)

    • bmoreredfury311 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      F-ing TROLL….
      Sharkfan please, make this guy threaten you again over his boy Doughty. This guy loves to dish it, but cant take it.. I like the kings,they are a good team but, you sir.Have to be the one fan that makes them look bad. Congrats

      • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        Definition of “Troll” – a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.

        @Bmoreredfury311 – Now by that standard definition, I’d say that your calling me a “F-ing Troll” would actually make “you” the troll here ? … wouldn’t you agree ? Anyway, your choice of “negative music” pretty much says all we need to know. For the life of me, I just can’t understand why you punks blast your heads all day with this toxic and hateful garbage ? So do yourself a favor pal and try changing up your playlist to something a little more positive and uplifting … I guarantee it’ll make you feel happier ! :)

        For example, try this “catchy” little number by the King …

  11. bmoreredfury311 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Im glad to do my part “Friend” :)

    • blomfeld - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Much better friend ! :) … and by the way, you should also consider joining us LA Kings … everyone knows that we’re by far the “best” team going ! … and like when the playoffs roll around ? … well we don’t just beat teams, we execute them ! … think about it man, seriously …

  12. bmoreredfury311 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Nah you keep them, ill stick with my CAPS!!!!
    We’ll see whats happens. If this season ever gets started. I have a good feeling my Caps, will be King slayers :)

  13. dlk75150 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Just keep playing where u are then if you r so abused

  14. 1clumsybear - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Bettman, resign, don’t ruin hockey.

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