Caps 'confident' Ovechkin will be healthy for camp

Caps 'confident' Ovechkin will be healthy for camp
May 19, 2014, 9:30 pm
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The news out of Belarus remains positive for Alex Ovechkin as it appears the Washington Capitals’ captain has avoided any major injury to his knee.

The Capitals said via press release Monday that they were “confident that Alex will be completely healthy prior to the start of training camp.”

Ovechkin suffered what the team is vaguely calling a “right leg injury” in Team Russia’s game against Germany in the IIHF World Championships on Sunday. German forward Marcus Kink sent Ovechkin sprawling with a hip-check and the Russian star had to be helped off the ice.

Though Ovechkin was seen walking without a limp in the team hotel and tried to reassure the fans with a thumbs up Instagram photo, speculation as to the severity of the injury spread like wildfire in the absence of any definitive news.

Earlier on Monday, Russia’s general manager Andrei Safronov allayed fans’ fears saying that an MRI had shown Ovechkin had not suffered any torn ligaments. The Capitals’ press release also further calmed worries that Ovechkin would need any sort of lengthy recovery time, though it did state that the injury “requires rest.”

Until the Capitals’s medical staff gets the chance to personally evaluate him, however, they will not know exactly the severity of the injury.

“We will continue to monitor his progress and request additional tests and medical information for our review,” the team said. “Once our medical staff receives and reviews that information, we will be able to make a better determination of the injury. We will share information with our fans as it becomes available.”

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