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Capitals GM Talks Status of Alex Ovechkin Contract Negotiations

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan spoke about plans with Alex Ovechkin and what comes next with their contract negotiations.

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan recently spoke with media about a number of items related to the Caps organization. Among them was the status of contract extension talks with the team’s biggest star and veteran sniper Alex Ovechkin.

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Ovechkin is heading into the final year of his current deal. It’s one that pays him $9,538,462 million per season and speculation is that his next deal should fetch in him around the same, if not more. At the age of 35,bBuzz is that Ovechkin is looking at no less than a three-year deal at around the same money. From there, it is believed he’d like to head back to Russia to finish out his hockey career.

MacLellan called things “status quo” for now. He added, “Once we get to camp, hopefully we’ll have time and space to get together, and we’ll go from there. We want Alex coming back and we said all along that we’d talk at the beginning of the year and hopefully we’ll get a chance to do that during camp.”

Ovechkin is Representing Himself

Like he did the first time around, Ovechkin will be negotiating his next deal without an agent. Likely an easier thing to do when you’re one of the best scorers in the NHL, it’s likely as simple as Ovechkin saying ‘This is what I want’ and the Capitals giving it to him.

That said, the hope is that Ovechkin keeps in mind a tighter salary cap and that maybe he’s not looking to break the bank, but more stick around long enough to have a chance at breaking Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring record.

If he only plays three more seasons, he’s not likely to get there, but he should shoot past a few names on the list ahead of him, even in a shortened 56-game schedule.

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Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals Upper Deck Portrait
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals Upper Deck Portrait
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