That’s, of course, assuming he doesn’t re-sign with his longtime Washington Capitals before free agency begins on July 28.
Ovechkin, 35, just won the biggest contract in NHL history – a 13-year, $ 124 million contract he signed with the Capitals in January 2008. Washington’s 4-1 loss in the first round against the Boston Bruins marked the end of that period. deal, but Ovechkin assured that another contract could be made for him to stay in the US capital.
“I’m confident we still have time. Obviously I want to end my career here, I’m sure we’ll do something, ”said the Capitals captain.
When asked for a timeline, nine-time Rocket winner Richard Trophy responded in a typical, light-hearted “Ovi” manner.
“Maybe we’ll sign a contract right away, after this meeting,” he laughs.
Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Capitals have suffered three straight first-round playoff outings. Ovechkin, sixth in all-time goals with 730, has scored 24 goals in 45 games this year, or 0.53 per game – down from his career average of 0.61.
“Obviously, it’s been a tough year,” Ovechkin said. “There have been ups and downs, nobody wants to finish early. “
Teammate TJ Oshie, who left the St. Louis Blues and joined the Capitals in 2017 via free agency, said he couldn’t imagine a scenario where Ovechkin would leave Washington.
“When you think of the Washington Capitals, you think of Alex Ovechkin,” Oshie said. “I think Ovi loves it here, I think Ovi wants to stay forever, I think (the Capitals) want him here forever. “
Earlier this month, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis also showed confidence that a deal could be made.
” I am not concerned. He’s not concerned, ”Leonsis said. “Alex has been around for a long, long time and has a lot of confidence in us. “