The NHLPA is changing hands, and well, heads. Teams are not happy with the salary cap problems large contracts are making. The NHL is not happy with the happ The writing on the wall for another NHL labor dispute is getting clearer and clearer. The newest problem…the Olympics.
What was once a show of amateur greatness, is now an international showcase for the best hockey players in the world. And one of the best is a little offended, and plans on leaving the NHL to play for Russia in 2014.
In a league that has bent over backwards for its young stars (ahem, Crosby) you would think the NHL would be giving one of its current greatest players the chance to showcase his skill on home ice, or risk losing him to home ice permanently. Ovechkin to the KHL doesn’t seem like that off a possibility.
If the NHL balks on on Sochi in 2014- Ovechkin plans on playing. Strike one against the NHL. Its guaranteed that the Caps won’t pay him in his absence. Strike two against the NHL. I’m sure there is grounds for a fine or suspension for abandoning your team like that – especially if the Caps dip in the standings in his absence.
“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said. “I don’t care. I’ll go play in the Olympic Games for my country. If somebody says to me you can’t play, see ya.”
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ovechkin sign a KHL contract out of the Olympics if thats the case.