Alex Ovechkin on KHL: ‘I’m here, I have a contract’

September 10, 2013

(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Alex Ovechkin put an end to the discussion that he might be lured to the KHL Tuesday when he met with reporters in Washington for the first time since last season.

Asked if he’s ever entertained the idea of leaving the Capitals and the NHL to return home to Russia, Ovechkin was blunt.

“The answer is I’m here, I have a contract,” Ovechkin said. “It was very enjoyable to hear president of Dynamo and GM wants me to sign, be honest with you, I love Dynamo, it’s my first team and I play [there] when it was lockout. But I have a contract. I have to play here and I respect my teammates, my fans, and all that kind of stuff. That’s about it.”

Dynamo Moscow general director Andrey Safranov has made multiple comments in recent weeks expressing his interest in trying to sign Ovechkin and bring him back to Russia. The likelihood of that occurring any time in the immediate future has always seemed slim for a number of reasons, and Ovechkin’s comments only support that.

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