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Alex Ovechkin Talks Contract Extension Status with Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin says he and the Washington Capitals have not talked about an extension yet, discusses his priority.

Despite earlier buzz that the Washington Capitals and superstar winger Alex Ovechkin might already be well into discussions about a new contract — one that might see him extend for around four-five more seasons and at a similar dollar figure to his current deal — comments directly from the player himself note that neither side has begun talking with the other about a new deal.

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Ovechkin recently confirmed to reporters that he has not had discussions with the Capitals or general manager Brian MacLellan. But, he’s not worried about it either. A recent article by Tom Gulitti of NHL.com cites comments from the Capitals forward that he’s not at all concerned and isn’t in a rush to get anything done.

He quotes Ovechkin who says, “I think we understand everything that’s happening right now, so whenever it’s done, it’s done.” He added, “If it’s not done, we’re going to talk and we’ll see.” Ovechkin suggested that playing the game takes priority and that he feels the deal will come together. He added:

“I think for me, the most important thing is just to play the game right now. Of course, it’s one year (left on his contract). I’ve been in this position 13 years ago, right, when I had to sign a deal and worry about this kind of stuff. But right now I’m 35, I understand everything and I’m kind of an experienced guy.

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Ovechkin’s Deal Shouldn’t Take Much Time to Come Together

Ovechkin is right, in that, his deal probably won’t be terribly difficult to get done. The two sides simply need to come together on a value that’s fair and the marketplace, while it will play a factor for most other players, won’t dramatically affect Ovechkin’s next deal. The Capitals owe him that much and there will be plenty of teams happy to take Ovechkin, including one in the KHL, should the Caps balk at any contract demands.

Through 15 NHL seasons, all with Washington, Ovechkin is eighth in NHL history with 706 goals, two behind Mike Gartner for seventh and 188 behind Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894. You won’t find a player like that just floating around for another team to scoop up.

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