Now into April of the final year of Alex Ovechkin's contract and there still remains no real progress towards a contract extension.
Following Monday's trade deadline, general manager Brian MacLellan was asked where things stood with Ovechkin and his contract.
"It's status quo," MacLellan said. "We're both talking and we'll work it out when we can work it out."
Ovechkin's contract situation has been curious to follow. He is on the final year of his 13-year contract that carries a cap hit of just over $9.5 million. When the best player in franchise history, someone who continues to look like he is in his prime despite being 35 years old and who is also chasing one of the great records in hockey history, when that player's contract is up, you expect getting an extension done to be the first item on the to-do list before his final season starts. Yet, both Ovechkin and the team have taken a very patient approach.
There seems to be no sense of urgency, nor any real fear of a deal not ultimately getting done. Both sides remain confident but focused on the season at hand and that position really has not changed from the start of the season.
A deal is still expected to get done that will keep Ovechkin in Washington. It is just taking a lot longer than really anyone anticipated.