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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 08/29/2011

Alex Ovechkin says he is not fat

I don’t think any reporter has gotten Rex Grossman on the record yet about his apparent early-training-camp torso bulge, but at least we now have on-the-record commentary from Alex Ovechkin about his own apparent tummy.

After a slouching Ovechkin seemed to show off an expanded belly during a Web interview earlier this summer, many Caps fans expressed public concern over his fitness, and a certain local sports radio host went on and on and on about Ovechkin’s commitment to training.

Finally, Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport went ahead and asked Ovechkin about the image. Ovechkin said not to worry.

“When you're sitting, slouching, your gut would still stick out,” Ovechkin said in the interview, which was posted on Puck Daddy.

(Via Dmitry Chesnokov, who also provided the Lysenkov-snapped Ovechkin image below. No obvious flab. Though the shirt seems to be loose-fitting.)

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