Ovechkin preaches solidarity

Ovechkin preaches solidarity
November 26, 2012, 6:00 pm
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In an interview with TSN today Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had one message for fellow NHLers: stay the course.  

"I know a couple guys [are] pissed off and they say bad things, but you know we stick together and we're not gonna listen to those guys," said Ovechkin. "Of course everybody wants to play but we have to stick together."

Ovechkin confirmed that he trusts the work that union chief Donald Fehr is doing, something two of Ovechkin's teammates recently questioned.  Echoing Troy Brouwer's displeasure with teammates Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth for suggesting that the players fire Fehr in order to reach a deal with owners, Ovechkin cautioned teammates and players to choose their words wisely.

"I'm not on his side, I'm not on Hamrlik's side to be honest," said Ovechkin. "He always tells what he thinks but right now it's not that time to say what you think. You can say that at the bar or with your friends but you can't show that you're upset to media. I'm not with him and I'm kind of disappointed with what he said."

While Ovechkin cast his vote of confidence in Fehr, the Russian superstar was less direct when asked if he would return to the NHL after the lockout.

"We'll see what's gonna happen. I have my contract, I still have ten years contract. Even though they cut my salary, we'll see. Lots of guys sign contract 100-percent even when they cut our salaries and our years. Why they sign us? I think it's a little stupid to sign long-term deals and they want to cut all our contracts when they sign right now."  

Ovechkin's contract, a 13-year, $124 million deal signed in 2008, is currently set to expire after the 2020-21 season. In September, Brouwer signed a three-year, $11 million contract that will keep him with the Capitals through the 2015-16 season. Neuvirth and Hamrlik are signed through the 2012-13 season.