Its official. Two days after enjoying his 27th birthday withfamily and friends, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin signed a contract to play forDynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.And, according to a report by Slava Malamud of RussiasSport-Express, Ovechkin said his stay in Russia could be a long one if theNHL and its players come to an agreement that includes a rollback of player salaries.If our salaries get slashed, I'llhave to think about whether to return to NHL, Ovechkin is quoted as saying. Iwont rule out staying in Russiapast this season.It should be noted that Ovechkins interview following his first practice withDynamo was in Russian.Ovechkins contract with Dynamo reportedly pays him about 6 million inannual salary. Ovechkin would have earned 9.538 million with the Capitals thisseason. Ovechkin said he also had talks with CSKA of the KHL. Under terms of his NHL contract, Ovechkin would be obligated to return tothe Capitals once a settlement is reached on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.According to an NHL player agent, not returning to his NHL team would be aviolation of any NHL players contract. I dont see that as an issue, whatsoever, the agent said. I dont think-- I know players will return to their NHL teams.Why would anybody think otherwise?Ovechkin practiced with Dynamo after completing a team physical, accordingto the teams website, www.dynamo.ru. Ovechkinmade his professional debut with Dynamo at the age of 16 in 2001 and played forhis hometown team through the 2004-05 NHL lockout.
Ovechkin signs with Dynamo Moscow
September 19, 2012, 3:59 pm