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Ovechkin Faces Deadline

via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals' No. 1 draft pick last year, has until midnight tonight to decide whether he will wear a Capitals uniform next season or play in Russia, his agent, Don Meehan, said yesterday. "Alex has a very, very tough decision to make," Meehan said by telephone from his Toronto area office. Ovechkin already has agreed to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League in 2005-06. But the contract contains an escape clause that allows the 19-year-old left wing until midnight to back out of it and sign with the Capitals. "He will have to make that decision with his family," Meehan said. Meehan has not commented on the specifics of Ovechkin's contract with Omsk, except to say that it is worth "nearly three times" what he could make in the NHL next season.

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