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Ovechkin is coming back to the Caps, per his agent

Jan 7, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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As if there was ever any real chance he wouldn’t, Alex Ovechkin is returning to North America to play for the Capitals.

This unsurprising news comes via the Washington Post, which was told by Ovechkin’s IMG agent, David Abrutyn that his client would be back in town early this week to prepare for the NHL season.

Early in the lockout, Ovechkin had threatened to stay in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow if his NHL salary was negatively affected by the new CBA. And while it’s likely he’ll lose a decent amount to escrow under the new deal, the $300 million of “make whole” funds will help alleviate that loss, and there were no outright salary rollbacks.

Also, his “soul” is with the Caps, so that must count for something.

The question now is whether any other Russians with NHL contracts will attempt to stay in the KHL. We say “attempt” because the two leagues have an agreement to honor each other’s contracts. However, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is hearing certain KHL teams are offering “inducements” to players to convince them to stay.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    The caption made me lol.

  2. rsl22 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    And the countdown is on for who will be the first to leave the generic xenophobic “stay in Russia, no one loves you” comment…..

    My guess is it’ll be either a Leafs or Pens fan.

  3. ironmike778 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM


  4. kingfooj - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    this is no surprise. The big question is whether Kovy is going to come back…

  5. xjokerz - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    So what ?

  6. badintent - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Miami is now the Russian Rivera. So look for him to move south to the Pathers, buy a $20 million crib on Star Island next to Shaq and Madonna and get married in South Beach .

  7. banger60 - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Isn’t his mother his agent?

    • husky2score - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      No, his mother i his mom, troll.

      • husky2score - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM


        Guilty as charged.

  8. hawkeyplayer - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    stay in Russia, no one loves you.

  9. semin28 - Jan 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Ovi is the man, haters gonna hate IMISS SEMIN

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      I bet not a 7+ million dollar cap hit !

  10. banger60 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    husky2score , his mother is his mother, not like your mother is your sister, a*s bandit.

    • husky2score - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Well who made your coffee this morning?

  11. flyerguy73 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    He is a tool. I hope he gets his but handed to him!

  12. banger60 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    husky,my rude comments were uncalled for,sorry!

  13. gvbulldogs - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    banger60, I liked that apology, well done

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