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.)