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Handling Alex Ovechkin

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

“I’m not the general manager,” Leonsis said. “If a general manager comes [to us] with something, we would listen to the general manager. But I’m not the general manager.”

One player who will most certainly come up during the Capitals’ search for a new general manager is 28-year-old captain Alex Ovechkin, a future Hall of Famer whom by most accounts, is the most dynamic player ever to wear a Capitals jersey....

It is worth noting that beginning July 1, a limited no-trade clause kicks in on Ovechkin’s contract. It stipulates that on that date he can give the Capitals a list of 10 NHL teams to which he will not accept a trade, with Ovechkin holding the right to modify that list every September following the first year.

Would Leonsis grant a new general manager the right to trade one of the greatest goal scorers ever to play in the nation’s capital? That’s a question he will need to answer in the weeks and months ahead.

On Saturday Leonsis made it clear that it was not the opinion of Ovechkin that led to the dismissals of McPhee and Oates, although Ovechkin was one of the players Leonsis requested for an exit interview.

“We’re doing this not for Alex Ovechkin or me,” Leonsis said. “We want to win a Cup because the fan base, the city, the franchise and every person associated deserves that. We’re not making progress toward it and that’s why we’re making these moves.”


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Steve in San Francisco's avatar

Future Hall of Famer? I’m not saying he’s not, but you have to do more than win a couple Rocket Richard trophies and score some goals from the seat of your pants to get into the Hall of Fame. Right? He’s a dynamic player and fun to watch, but he’ll have to do a lot more before he gets in that class.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/27/14 at 10:22 PM ET

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