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Monday, August 08, 2005

Ovechkin signs with Caps

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The Associated Press reported on Friday that top Russian prospect and 2004 overall #1 draft pick Alexander Ovechkin has finally been signed to a 3-year deal by the Washington Capitals to play in the NHL. This ends speculation that Ovechkin would remain in Russia to play for one more season, after the story came out some weeks ago that Ovechkin was going through an arbitration fight in order to break his contract with his current Russian team, Dynamo Moscow, in order to "fulfill a personal goal" to play for Avangard Omsk.

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According to the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement, the yearly salary of an entry-level player such as Ovechkin cannot exceed $984,200. This is a lot less than the $1.8 million that Ovechkin was offered in Russia by Avangard Omsk, a deal that likely included free housing and other benefits.

It is presumed that Ovechkin's contract with the Capitals includes a "no send down" clause, where the 19-year-old Ovechkin would be allowed to return to Russia to play rather than be sent down to the AHL if he were to somehow not make the Capitals' roster. Capitals' GM George McPhee was quoted in the Washington Post on Friday as saying there "are no major issues" to resolve, in regards to Ovechkin's contract.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh. Mama likey jersey.

8/11/05, 1:35 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Hmmm... Alex has got a Yeremeyev jersey like that (white Dynamo '03-'04) for sale now. It's an "authentic", though, not an actual game-worn.

8/11/05, 2:43 PM

 
Anonymous Charlie Sampsell said...

really enjoyed it. Thanks!

11/20/05, 5:21 AM

 

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