In case there was any doubt, Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday that he’ll play in the KHL in the event of an NHL lockout.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen,” the Capitals’ captain said, as per CSNWashington.com. “No one wants to be in a lockout but if [there is] I’m going to play in the KHL. It’s not a surprise. I will go.”
Ovechkin has been one of the more outspoken critics of the owners during the labor dispute.
“They tell [us] what they want and think that cutting our salaries and our contract years is going to help that,” he said earlier in the week. “Why are they still signing guys for 10 years and not five years? It’s strange and they look stupid. They right now say they want to cut salary and everything. Lots of guys just won’t come back if this happens.”
With $88 million still owing on his $124 million contract, Ovechkin may be more determined than most of his union brethren to fight the owners’ demands that the PA argues will serve as a salary rollback.