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by Paul on 11/19/10 at 01:27 PM ET
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
When it was suggested he should march into Ted Leonsis’ office and demand that the Capitals owner sign Semin—a potential unrestricted free agent on July 1—to a long-term contract extension to keep Ovechkin happy, the Russian superstar laughed.
“I am happy. Seriously, it’s not part of my job to say I want this guy to be on the team,” Ovechkin told Sporting News.
“It would be nice to have him here for long term,” Ovechkin said.
Naturally, Mark Gandler, Semin’s agent, loved the idea. Semin and the Capitals can’t sign a deal until January 1, but Gandler would welcome any support Ovechkin might give his client.
“How much weight does Ovechkin carry? I would say a lot,” Gandler said. “He’s not the G.M., but I think that if Ted Leonsis would put (G.M. George) McPhee on one hand and Ovechkin on the other hand and start shaking up and down, I have a feeling he would drop McPhee like a hot potato. And I say that with full respect to George.”
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