While he has yet to sign a contract, there is little doubt that Alex Ovechkin will play in the Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout. It’s just a matter of where.

On Monday, the Capitals’ star left wing told Sovetsky Sport that he believes the lockout could cost the NHL a full season.

Via Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, here is what Ovechkin told Sovesky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov: “If the League [NHL] continues to insist on their [demands], then it will take a full year. That’s because we are not going to cave in. Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It’s an absolute reality.”

Over at Puck Daddy you can check out the full post, which includes additional Russian reports speculating whether Ovechkin will sign with Dynamo Moscow, his former club, or CSKA Moscow, where Sergei Fedorov is general manager.

Ovechkin returned to Russia roughly 10 days ago so that he could celebrate his 27th birthday, which is today, with his family. But now that the lockout has started, there’s no reason for him to return to Washington until an NHL season is imminent.

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