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Caps dispute report on Ovechkin

The Caps have issued the following statement in response to a Yahoo! Sports interview quoting Alex Ovechkin as saying he expects to miss 4-5 weeks: "The Washington Capitals dispute the validity of this report."

The timeline suggested in the interview, I'm told by a team official, is not accurate. The Caps hope Ovechkin can return sooner, though it's not possible to determine an exact time frame based on the diagnosis.

Ovechkin suffered a strain near his left (non-shooting) shoulder last Sunday. He's officially listed by the team as week to week.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 8, 2009; 6:29 PM ET
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I am assuming it's very valid. Just that Ovie was joking around like he always does.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 8, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting to read or hear what actually happened. Was he poked in the shoulder with a stick by someone on the bench? Did someone pull his arm out of joint? Was it when he fell on the next shift?

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 8, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Usually I don't do things like this, but if that happened to say..Crosby, do you think he would have complained to the media? If that happened to a lot of players for that matter.

Ovechkin said nothing of it. Got to respect that.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 8, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

He said it as a JOKE. He then followed it up that he expects to start practicing next week.

Chesnokov's Interview is posted on Yahoo.

Posted by: lightshow | November 8, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

@lightshow, you are absolutely correct! I wish people would read an entire interview before jumping to conclusions. If he was going to be out another 3 or 4 weeks he certainly wouldn't be practicing next week.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | November 8, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

@lightshow & freakinandpeakin

Sometimes it can be hard to get the gist of an interview from reading the transcription on the printed page. If Ovi's joking about the length of time, that wold not surprise me.

It had me worried.

The Caps were saying throughout the weekend that they would see how Ovi's doing. Then, yesterday, the news leaked out (from Chesnakov) that the doctor didn't want Ovi to practice for a week.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 8, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Does Nylander get to turn down any team that may take him?

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | November 8, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if Ovie does stay out 4-5 weeks if for no other reason than to make sure he is not hurt for the Olympics he is so anxiously waiting to play in. League hockey in November is not as important as Olympic hockey in Feb and playoff hockey in May/June.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 8, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

On a slightly different matter, what are the chances of Mike Green being back on Wednesday or Friday this week.

Posted by: poolster04 | November 8, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Since we have been discussing relative worth of Semin, here are some comparables. I tried to get mostly 24-26, but Kopitar, Statsny and Kessel are younger. Also, some like Nash and Staal started younger in NHl than Semin and have more service time. I also list career goals thru last year, somewhat indicative of value. The younger guys, since they have long-term deals, it's applicable.

Eric Staal 164 goals $8.25M
Rick Nash 194 goals $7M this year, $7.5M next (new contract)
Thomas Vanek 144 goals $7.143M
Jason Spezza 148 goals - $7M
Anze Kopitar 79 goals $6.8M
Paul Statsny 66 goals $6.6M
Patrice Bergeron 80 goals $5.75M (next year)
Mike Richards 79 goals $5.75M
Phil Kessel 66 goals $5.4M
Ryan Getzlaf 88 goals $5.325M
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 77 goals $5M
Alex Semin 108 goals $5M (this year)

There are your comparables and you can decide where he slots.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 8, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse


he might compare favorably in terms of goals, but his overall play has to improve to justify anything above $5.5 million

Posted by: O-V-P | November 8, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Just read the interview with Ovie.

No question he's pulling the reporter's leg with his contradictions and irony. I loved the bit about making the Russian Olympic team: "It's just a coincidence. Let him call me more often! It's great to know that national team coaches follow you. Once again, I was included in the list of 50 candidates for the Olympics, and a big thanks for that."

I do get a kick out of his dry sense of humor.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 8, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I went to the Russian site and did the Google translate thing. There's a sentence that the Yahoo/Puck Daddy report left out:

Look in the eyes of Ovechkin, but this guy knows how to joke with a serious face. So understand, told the truth or not?
- Actually, I'm going to start training ice is next week - adds Ovechkin.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 8, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse


If Semin has a reasonably "normal" year, I would expect him to be worth about $6 million or a little under. Richards is having a better year at the momemt but it's close.

Kessel has been considered a discipline problem in the past.

I hope Semin breaks his slump soon.

(This has been a bad week for fans of the Alexes, like myself.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 8, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Green will be back this week?

Posted by: poolster04 | November 8, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Semin got GRONCHED by the other team in the absence of Ovechkin last night. I mean GRONCHED. I'm not surprised he didn't produce any goals, but did you see him pants two defenders on his way in, only to be robbed of a goal by the goalkeeper? Wow.

He's gripping his stick too tight.

Posted by: irockthered | November 8, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The Richards contract is understated because it's a 12-yr deal. I think Semin asks for Vanek money - just north of $7M. I think the team starts in the upper 5s. They can hopefully bridge the gap.

The Backstrom negotiation should last about 60 seconds:

Anze Kopitar, 7 yrs, $6.8M/yr.

Unless maybe they offer more years to get the yearly average down a bit. Backstrom is clearly better than Kessel and Statsny but it's very hard to argue he's better than Kopitar.

The Semin negotiation has a lot more gray area involved.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 8, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse


What is the definition of GRONCH?

Not surprised he (Semin) is gripping his stick tonight.

I hear Dmitry Chesnokov has noticed that Semin has not taken a wrist shot in a while. (Gee, sounds like something's wrong with his wrist.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 8, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

any team can claim him because he waived his no movement clause.

Posted by: gocaps01 | November 8, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward remained in an Ohio hospital after his leg was cut by a skate, and general manager Jim Rutherford says he could miss up to four weeks.

the scariest thing I ever saw watching hockey was when Clint Malarchuk almost died after he got his throat slashed by a skate... I think the game was in buffalo

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Mallard was also part of one of the best trades Poile ever made... him and Grant Ledyard for Calle Johansson

Posted by: joek443 | November 8, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

any team can claim him because he waived his no movement clause.

Posted by: gocaps01 | November 8, 2009 9:35 PM

But it would be a pipe dream for any team to take him right now. They basically would have to have > 4 mil in cap space and be looking to take on a center with a large salary. No team fits the bill right now.

That being said, he might be claimed on re-entry waivers (if it's part of a deal and we pull him back up) where we split the contract with another team. Nylander at his price vs. no Nylander and 2+ mil of cap relief? Not an easy choice to make, but sometimes you just have to swallow your medicine.

Posted by: Raber | November 9, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse


As it has been explained multiple times, having Nyls taken on re-entry waivers would be a terrible idea. The Caps would be on the hook for 1/2 salary both this year and next. That means the Caps would have almost 2.5m less cap space when it comes time to resign several young guns like Baks and Sasha. I am pretty sure that as of noon Monday, Nyls is off the books for salary cap purposes. Why would the Caps want to take part of his salary back now? It would make no sense.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | November 9, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Nylander will only be in DC tomorrow, he will be gone either way. By noon we will find out if anyone picked him up or not. If he hasn't been, and clears re-entry waviers, then he will being going to russia. This is a fact.

Posted by: Boomer80 | November 9, 2009 3:30 AM | Report abuse

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