Weve all season Alex Ovechkin in a Russian hockey jersey.
Heck, Ovechkin played for his national team less than a week after he and the Capitals were eliminated from the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
But for the second time since signing first signing with the Capitals in 2005, the 26-year-old left wing may be paid to play hockey somewhere else.
According to a report in RIA Novosti, a Russian international news agency, Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League would attempt to sign Ovechkin to play for them this season if there is an NHL work stoppage.
We will talk with Ovechkin. It will be up to the head coach, Andrey Safronov, general manager of Dynamo Moscow told RIA Novosti.
Ovechkin last played for his hometown Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 season, when the entire NHL season was lost because of a lockout. With the NHL and its players far apart in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, another work stoppage is likely if the two sides cannot come to terms by Sept. 15.
Ovechkin is extremely loyal to his country and has played for Russia in six of his seven seasons since joining the Caps. During the last NHL lockout, Ovechkin played 37 games for Dynamo Moscow, recording 13 goals and 13 assists. He also played for Russia in the World Junior Under-20 tournament and the World Championships.
But would Ovechkin accept an invitation to play in Russia this season? And if so, how would the Capitals react?
If there is an NHL work stoppage, Ovechkin could spent September and October touring the tennis circuit with his girlfriend, tennis pro Maria Kirilenko, who will be playing in China, Japan and Russia this fall.
If Ovechkin joins Dynamo Moscow, the biggest concern for the Capitals would be the threat of their highest paid player suffering a serious injury. Ovechkin is coming off the worst statistical season of his career -- a career-low 65 points with 38 goals and 27 assists.
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