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Caps GM, coach shake off Ovechkin to KHL talk

Sep 4, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

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Ilya Kovalchuk’s exodus from New Jersey might give some credibility to the claims that the KHL might bid for Alex Ovechkin‘s services, but the Washington Capitals seem confident that he isn’t going anywhere.

Both head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee told the Washington Post that NHL competition drives the 27-year-old star the most.

” … From day one this kid’s always wanted to play over here, and I don’t imagine he’s going to want to go back any time soon,” McPhee said.

“He wants to win a Cup.”

Oates dismissed the claims as “propaganda” on Wednesday.

“Someone in Dynamo said ‘We’re going to try and talk to him’. That’s got nothing to do with us or Ovi, that’s from one guy over there,” Oates said. “It’s an Olympic year there, it’s in Russia and maybe they’re trying to gain some notoriety with their league, some attention. I’m sure it will be addressed.”

Then again, if Kovalchuk passing up his big deal in the U.S. is any indication, it would be foolish to say “never.”

  1. capsfan19 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Ovi’s mom even told him if he doesnt win a cup everything else means nothing. Ha saw that in some documentary about the guy.
    Theyre all sitting in their family living room in russia, ovis childhood pics all over the wall. Ovi’s mom is talking about her time as an olympian, looks over at alex and says “he no win stanley cup” (or something close to that! But its hilarious regardless)

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Weirdly enough, Russian parents are more accurate than the players themselves.

    • therealjr - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I think the one caveat here is that if in 3-5 years, if it’s clear that the Caps have to blow things up because the entire McPhee/Ovechkin era did not produce, it is not out of the realm of possibility that this happens for the benefit of all parties involved.

      I wouldn’t say it’s even money to happen, but there is a small chance.

  2. pxland - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    As much as I dislike GMGM, is it wrong for me to hope that Ovie bolts?

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Yes, losing one of the most exciting players is detrimental for hockey fans

      • pxland - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        Detrimental? He’s just one man. We can lose the whole Caps team and I wouldn’t call it detrimental.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        You’re right, why does the NHL need high-end skill players?

      • 2jivecrew - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        He’s only been a high end skill player for half of one shorted season over the last three years. The league has always moved on from one dimensional offensive guys very quickly.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        His one dimension is SCORING. How is that a negative?

  3. stakex - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I’m sure they’re not too concerned. Like Oates said, this latest “Ovechkin to Russia” thing came from one person for DM suggesting that they might try to lure Ovechkin. I’m sure they already tried to lure him while he was playing for them during the lockout, and he obviously wasn’t interested.

    Is it possible some time in the future Ovechkin might head back to Russia? Sure… but there is no evidence that he has plans to do that anytime soon.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Macho Man Randy Savage says, “YOU AIN’T GOIN NOWHERRREEE!”

  5. esracerx46 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    “He wants to win a Cup” Let me ask you this GMGM, are you sure he wants to win the Stanley Cup and not the Gagarin Cup?

  6. blomfeld - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM


    As the old saying goes, the ‘truth’ often hurts … and so it is with Ovechkin and the ‘warm-hearted’ folk in Washington who’ve been completely hood-winked by this flake since day one. The bottom line is that the sooner this clown packs his bags and boards an Aeroflot flight with a ‘one way’ ticket back Moscow the better for all there in America’s capital. And with any luck friends, it will happen soon … God willing

    • lowenni - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      I can’t see how losing the most recent Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy winner could help the Capitals, or Washington.

    • therealjr - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      You are clueless and an idiot.

      And when is PFT going to wake up and stop letting you embed your stupid video clips?

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