Ovechkin says he would return to NHL

Ovechkin says he would return to NHL
December 3, 2012, 10:15 am
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Is it possible that Alex Ovechkin is starting to get homesick – for Washington?

Did one of Moscow’s most celebrated sons leave his “soul” in D.C.?

In an interview with vmdaily.ru that is translated here via Japers’ Rink, the Capitals’ 27-year-old left wing confirmed for the first time that he will return to the NHL once a new labor agreement is in place.

While the translation is a bit convoluted, Ovechkin makes three key points in the interview:

  • His thoughts are still on winning a Stanley Cup with the Capitals
  • He fears the NHL is about to fall off its own fiscal cliff
  • He is hell-bent on representing Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics

In the interview, Ovechkin says he is very comfortable living in Moscow and was happy to spend his 27th birthday with his family and friends, but …

“...the soul, I still there, across the ocean, in the NHL, ‘Washington,’ with whom still hope to take the Stanley Cup.”

That should be music to the ears of Caps fans beginning to wonder if Ovechkin might thumb his nose at the NHL and spend the rest of his playing days in Russia.

This is not to say Ovechkin has gone soft on his stance of forfeiting big chunks of his paychecks to the league’s owners. The big guy is still protective of his earnings but believes there is a bigger battle to be won.

“Money for me - not the most important thing,” Ovechkin says, “but why should I feed bosses NHL clubs sweat and blood-earned dollars?”

Ovechkin also expressed what many NHL fans are thinking – that with each passing day the NHL is creeping closer toward detonating an entire season for the second time in eight years. Remember, the last time Ovechkin played a full season in Russia was during the 2004-05 lockout, which would have been his rookie season in the NHL

“Alas,” Ovechkin said [in Russian, of course], “every week, even every day and hour, the hope that the NHL is decreasing.”

When asked about the NHL’s participation in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, an issue that has been largely overlooked throughout the labor negotiations, Ovechkin reiterated that he will play, whether the NHL permits him or not. He also indicated NHL stars Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Semin have agreed to do the same.

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