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“You Went Against The Contract When You Locked Me Out”

That's a quote from the folks at CSN Washington discussing the possibllity of Alex Ovechkin not returning to the NHL. Here's the video...



from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There should be no gray area on this, and the reality is that the chances of Ovechkin or anyone else under contract not returning to their NHL clubs at the end of this process -- whenever that might be and however painful it might be to the players -- is slim to none. 

Beyond the sheer nonsense of the threat, Ovechkin’s comments are an inadvertent slap in the face to the NHLPA itself. He might not have intended it but Ovechkin was talking about how he might react to a final deal bargained by executive director Donald Fehr and ratified by the players themselves, how in the end such a deal might not be good enough for him. 


I am not sure what direction Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington is going here...

For one, it would be a breach of contract against the Capitals. It would also violate the agreement between the NHL and the KHL to honor players’ contracts.

And then there is the possibility of sanctions from the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL’s involvement in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, an event Ovechkin desperately wants to be a part of.

Given the fact NHL players almost certainly will need to take a reduction in pay to end the current labor standoff, Ovechkin's threat should be taken very seriously by the NHL.


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Fair point.  What if guys opt for KHL?  Or Swiss?  NHL has competition other leagues do not.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/20/12 at 07:42 PM ET

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NHL has competition other leagues do not.

They really don’t.  It would be nice, from a leverage standpoint, if they did but they do not.  The KHL isn’t the land of golden roses and bunnies that it’s made out to be.  Guys like Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk are going to get paid but the majority of players in the KHL do not make much money so the competition is really only there for the elite, not for the rank and file, and those guys make up a much larger % of the playerbase.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 09/20/12 at 07:49 PM ET

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...only there for the elite, not for the rank and file, and those guys make up a much larger % of the playerbase.

Sure, but those elite players are what NHL fans pay to see. If the top 10 or 20% go over to Russia or wherever and don’t come back, it would be a huge hit to the league.

Posted by erebus from Vancouver, BC on 09/20/12 at 07:52 PM ET


Yep, more empty threats.  Life would be so good in Siberia Alex…

I’d love to see how long these players would last without their luxury private charters…five star hotels…premier arenas…there’s a reason the best players all end up in North America and the has-beens and fringe players end up in the KHL.

Your act is wearing thin Alex…

Posted by Adanac on 09/20/12 at 08:40 PM ET

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Do it, Ovvy.  Show the league the KHL is something to be reckoned with so they quit messing around.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 09/20/12 at 10:47 PM ET

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Yep, more empty threats.  Life would be so good in Siberia Alex…

He’s not Carter or Nash or any other player, he’s a Russian. I wouldn’t call a guy saying he’ll go back home an “emprty threat”.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 09/21/12 at 09:36 AM ET


The great thing about Ovechkin’s threat is that local sports radio in DC actually covered the lockout for more than 5 minutes today. They had all of their facts wrong, knew nothing about the KHL, but it did draw attention.

The problem with the Caps, is that the Ted Leonsis era “Rock the Red ” crowd know almost nothing about hockey. Not saying this about long time Cap fans. However, here are some of the Great “facts” thrown out in 15 minutes.

Jagr played one half season in the KHL and came back immediately.
Jagr never played in the KHL he played in the Czech republic.
Jagr left the Caps and went to Russia because he was washed up. (Forgot that whole trade to the Rangers thing? 123 point season)
Mike Knuble should be the Captain of the Caps - he isn’t even signed with them.
Ovechkin is only making $6 million in KHL vs $9 million in the NHL so he is losing $3 million. Forget the fact that he is making more after taxes in Russia.
Capitals would draw better without Ovechkin taking up salary - these same people missed the empty arena in OVs rookie year where for $10 you could chose any seat in the house.
If the Capitals cut Ovechkins $9 million they could bring in 3 players of equal caliber. Because you can find 38 goal scorers for $3 million each in the NHL not counting any salary rollback.
Ovechkin doesn’t hit because he didn’t want to block shots. Could not figure out the correlation. He may not like his own end, but wasn’t he suspended a few times for being overzealous with his hits?
If Ovechkin plays in the KHL he cannot play in the Olympics because you have to be in the NHL to play in the Olympics. Nevermind there is no CBA in place to even allow NHL players to go, more likely KHL promotes it.
Ovechkin would come back to DC because Moscow doesn’t have as attractive women as Georgetown or the nightlife.

The sad thing is, I didn’t make any of these things up.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/21/12 at 10:04 AM ET

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Moscow doesn’t have as attractive women as Georgetown or the nightlife.

every other point could be realistic, but this is to much…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 09/21/12 at 10:59 AM ET


Moscow doesn’t have as attractive women as Georgetown or the nightlife.

Remember Washington is considered Hollywood - for UGLY people.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/21/12 at 01:09 PM ET


As for the legality of Ovechkin remaining in the KHL after the lockout? If the likes of Ovechkin, Malkin and Datsyuk would choose to remain, I am sure the KHL would tell the NHL that the current MOA is no longer in affect and they are more than willing to negotiate a new one.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/21/12 at 01:26 PM ET

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