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Caps GM, coach shake off Ovechkin to KHL talk


Ilya Kovalchuk’s exodus from New Jersey might give some credibility to the claims that the KHL might bid for Alex Ovechkin’s services, but the Washington Capitals seem confident that he isn’t going anywhere.

Both head coach Adam Oates and general manager George McPhee told the Washington Post that NHL competition drives the 27-year-old star the most.

” ... From day one this kid’s always wanted to play over here, and I don’t imagine he’s going to want to go back any time soon,” McPhee said.

“He wants to win a Cup.”

Oates dismissed the claims as “propaganda” on Wednesday.

“Someone in Dynamo said ‘We’re going to try and talk to him’. That’s got nothing to do with us or Ovi, that’s from one guy over there,” Oates said. “It’s an Olympic year there, it’s in Russia and maybe they’re trying to gain some notoriety with their league, some attention. I’m sure it will be addressed.”

Then again, if Kovalchuk passing up his big deal in the U.S. is any indication, it would be foolish to say “never.”

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