25 April, 2014


Ovechkin: "I am voting with both of my hands and legs in favor of Sergei [Fedorov] staying!"

SovetskySport’s Pavel Lysenkov spoke with Alexander Ovechkin on Monday about free agency and other hot hockey topics, including Sergei Fedorov’s status. SovetskySport’s Dmitry Chesnokov passed along the info to us just moments ago.
Lysenkov: People wonder if you ever thought that you may have miscalculated signing a thirteen year $124 million contract . . .
Ovechkin: “Why would I think that?”
Lysenkov: Because the cap in the NHL is rising and in a few years your $9.5 million per year on average contract might look “average” comparing to other offers. Jagr is not too excited about getting $6 million nowadays.
Ovechkin: “I only look positive at the fact that Jagr is getting offered a lot of money. Jaromir deserves a big contract. And let me have my fixed salary. You know the saying that you cannot make all the money in the world? I like it. It is so much easier to know that I will not have a headache about money until I am 35. It is better than to test the free agency every two or three years and negotiate contracts.”
Lysenkov: If in a few years your $9.5 million look “average” will you ask Ted Leonsis for bigger bonuses?
Ovechkin: “I wouldn’t do that. The contract I was offered in Washington is good enough. I haven’t received any money from it yet, though, because it doesn’t kick in until next season.”
Lysenkov: Do you know if Sergei Fedorov is going to stay in Washington?
Ovechkin: “I am voting with both of my hands and legs in favor of Sergei staying! Of course, the decision doesn’t rest with players, but with the Caps management. I know that Sergei has a great desire to play for our club. He really liked it in Washington.”
Lysenkov: The last time you spoke was in May after the World Championship?
Ovechkin: “No, we keep in touch all the time. For example, we spoke on the phone just a couple of days ago. And Fedorov confirmed that he would prefer to stay in Washington.”
Lysenkov: Could Jagr really come to play in Russia?
Ovechkin: “I think that Jaromir himself will decide where he will play. He is one of the best hockey players in the world. And I am sure that he will earn every penny of the contract he will sign. And if it so happens that he actually ends up in the KHL, it will be a major plus to our hockey. Players like him are not only the face of a team, but the face of the league.”
Lysenkov: Do you think Washington should be active on the market this summer? Does the team need to strengthen?
Ovechkin: “The first thing we need to do is to keep the players whose contracts have ended. Mike Green, for example, who is set to become a RFA. But of course other players can also help. That’s because we are setting our sights on the Stanley Cup. Actually, George [McPhee] knows what to do. So I don’t want to say anything to disturb him.”
Lysenkov: How are you spending your summer?
Ovechkin: “Having a lot of fun! Because I will have to start working out soon. A few days ago I got back from Turkey. I am going to visit St Petersburg soon.”
Lysenkov: Are you going to have your summer workouts there?
Ovechkin: “Dmitry Kapitonov, my personal trainer, hasn’t picked a place yet. But most likely we will do it in Moscow.”
The original SovetskySport article can be found here.



5 Comments

  1. A Few Minutes With Ovechkin…

    Over at FanHouse, I’ve posted a translation of an interview with Alex Ovechkin that was done by Pavel Lysenkov of……

    1 July, 2008 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  2. Lisa Mc wrote:

    Alex is so classy. I am SOOO proud and happy that he plays for my team. Can’t wait to see him hoist the cup!

    1 July, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  3. Schultz for Norris wrote:

    “Jagr will earn every penny of any contract he signs”
    Really? What does he base that on? JJ hasn’t earned what he’s been paid since he left Pittsburgh.

    2 July, 2008 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  4. Johnny wrote:

    People confuse the words humble and modest all of the time. Alex is both he knows he is great and accepts his place in the world, but does not boast about it and stays focussed as a team member and that is truely what sets him apart from most players in the world. I personally believe that is a great credit to his parents!! They should be proud! Not that he is possibly one of the best to ever play the game, but that he does so with humility, modesty and graditude and he will always be loved for his selfless acts. In his acceptance of “THE TROPHY” he thanks Backstrom for great passes….who can you not love a guy like that???

    2 July, 2008 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  5. Timo lavallee08 wrote:

    Ovechkin is my favorite hockey player cuz he is the best,He’s the great one!….the leading goal scorer.

    20 February, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Permalink