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by Paul on 11/19/12 at 08:59 AM ET
from Rossiyskaya Gazeta via Russia Beyond The Headlines,
Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Alexander, according to information from the U.S., the NHL season might still get underway – and soon. For how much longer will we [in Moscow] be able to watch you play in the flesh?
Alexander Ovechkin: I have no news about that. Of course, I know a bit more than the press, but it makes no sense to talk about it. Why blow up rumor into fact? If it's possible to stay here, I'll play for Dynamo. I've developed an excellent relationship with the club, the coaching staff, and the guys on the team. I feel at home.
RG: The club president says that, even if the NHL lockout ends, Dynamo still wants to keep Ovechkin. Is that realistic?
A.O.: I don't think it's “unrealistic.” Anything is possible. But let's wait and see what happens over there across the ocean.
RG: Can the top players in the NHL somehow influence the negotiations between the Players’ Union and the League?
A.O.: Our head, Donald Fehr, is very well acquainted with our terms and conditions. Nobody wants a pay cut or a lower status. Everything in that respect is up to Fehr. We have full confidence in him, but there could be some twists and turns ahead.
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