Alexander Ovechkin does not wish to speak about his future simply but.
His season ended Sunday evening with the Capitals’ 3-1 loss to the Bruins in Sport 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff sequence. Washington misplaced 4 in a row after successful Sport 1 in extra time. Ovechkin’s 13-year, $124 million contract is up.
He did not wish to focus on his pending free company following the loss.
“We simply misplaced in a playoff sequence,” Ovechkin stated, per JJ Regan of NBC Sports activities Washington. “Let’s speak about my contract and stuff afterward.”
That was a good response from Ovechkin contemplating that he hadn’t been off the ice an hour earlier than this query was requested. On the identical time, so long as Ovechkin stays silent, Capitals followers could fear that he may signal elsewhere throughout the 2021 NHL offseason.
Washington coach Peter Laviolette, nevertheless, sounded assured that Ovechkin will wish to return.
“Nicely, I prefer to assume he’ll be again,” Laviolette stated, per Samantha Pell of The Washington Submit. “That is his crew.”
Ovechkin has been the face of the Capitals for 16 seasons since being the No. 1 total decide within the 2004 NHL Draft. He has received three Hart trophies and a Stanley Cup in Washington, so it is laborious to think about him leaving.
Both manner, Ovechkin’s contract standing will not be resolved for some time. As Newsday’s Ted Starkey identified, Ovechkin may wait to signal a contract till after the June 21 enlargement draft for the Seattle Kraken, as ready would profit Washington.
FWIW, I feel Ovechkin will signal after the enlargement draft, permitting them to guard an extra participant. Did the identical with TJ Oshie earlier than the Vegas draft.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) Might 24, 2021
Ovechkin can re-sign with the Capitals at any level earlier than or after the NHL’s July 28 free company begin date, but when he nonetheless is not signed lengthy after the enlargement draft wraps up, then that will be the time to boost the alarm.
For now although, there isn’t any cause to learn a lot into Ovechkin’s lack of need to speak about his pending free company.
In any case, it is one thing he hasn’t actually had to consider for 16 years.