Don't forget that the Cap's are yet to sign Alex O and he could become a free agent this summer. Therefore unless he manages to turn the Cap's season around he could be available as a rental player. He desperately wants to get into the playoffs. And you know the Caps would likely prefer to send him to a Western team at the deadline if it come down to that. Check this Ottawa Sun article out....
Alex O. Ottawa Sun artile
"ALEX THE GREAT
Where exactly the Washington Capitals are in their negotiations with star Alexander Ovechkin, general manager George McPhee is not saying. He wants to keep contract talks as private as possible to avoid the daily questions and potential distractions. The Caps have enough on their plates on the ice, without any off-ice issues.
Bottom line is McPhee simply has to find a way to sign his star, who potentially could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but the Caps are not likely to let that happen. The question is whether the $8.7 million US, on average, the Pittsburgh Penguins are paying Sidney Crosby, will be enough for Ovechkin. There have been reports the 22-year-old has rejected that figure, but they also have been denied.
The Ovechkin pot got stirred this past week when he was quoted by a Soviet reporter, who is based in the U.S., as saying: "I don't know yet where I will be next season. I am not negotiating my new contract. I want to stay in Washington. But who knows what is going to happen?"
Who knows, indeed.
Like we said, the Caps just have to get it done. According to stats the club issued before their game last night, Ovechkin had scored three of their past four goals and had accounted for 29.3% of their goals this season. Only Kovalchuk had a higher percentage, at 30.6%. And despite that the Caps were in last place."
How great would it be to see him in the playoffs this year on a line with Pavel & Hank??!!!
As bad as the Cap's have played in the 1st quarter, it's not out of the question.