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Ovechkin's Extension Figures

Alex Ovechkin's new deal is worth $124 million over 13 years and will keep the star winger in Washington through 2020-21. It's believed to be the wealthiest deal in NHL history.

The first six years are $9 million per, the last seven years are $10 per.

"I want to say thanks to all my teammates, the whole organization, to Ted, George, the coaching staff," Ovechkin just told fans at the team's meet and greet party at Verizon Center. "I'm proud to be with the Washington Capitals for 13 years more. Our goal is to bring a Stanley Cup here."

Ovechkin, who is tied for second in the league with 32 goals, is due to earn $3.83 in a bonus-laden deal this season. That three year entry level deal was set to expire June 30.

Update: There will be a press conference at 8:30 with Ovechkin, GM George McPhee and Owner Ted Leonsis.

Update:Ovechkin told me: "I cannot say how happy I am. I didn't want to go nowhere. If I want to go somewhere, I could sign for three years."

"I decided I didn't want to go anywhere, and they didn't want lose me, so we signed a long-term deal. It won't put more pressure on me. I will play the way that I always play."

Update: Veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig said: "It's great. Alex is the face of the organization. When people talk about the Caps, it's generally with him in mind. Him and Sidney Crosby are the faces of the NHL right now, and to have Alex here for 13 years, it means a lot the team, to the city. This could be a very good team for a very long time."

Update:GM George McPhee said the contract contains a limited movement clause that kicks in when he's 27, at which point Ovechkin will submit a list of teams to which he would refuse a trade prior to each season. McPhee wouldn't say how many teams, but it was a "few" more than five.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 10, 2008; 6:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

just bought an Ovechkin jersey this signing is AWESOME

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Holy Hell.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 10, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

unfreaking believable!!!

Posted by: b.orr4 | January 10, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow is right.

Now here's to hoping that Brash and Co. can keep the rest of the league from taking out his knees or something.

Posted by: Kurt | January 10, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Why do I smell another Jagr deal?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I am happy. wow

Posted by: Lee | January 10, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

great, if not amazing, news; thanks tarik

that amount of time and money is insane; i hope ovechkin is healthy for many years to come

Posted by: Justini | January 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Holly crap he'll probably be a life long caps....SCORE!!!!

Posted by: DC FURY | January 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I don't know what to say. I thought this was a joke.

Perhaps a little too long for my liking, but what can you do?????

Posted by: Mike | January 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME!

Guess he won't be going to Nashville ... or Montreal ... I wonder what the Canadian media think now.

Is that higher than Sidney Crosby's deal? (sarcasm)

I didn't believe any of the false media reports ... but I certainly didn't expect a 13-year deal! AWESOME!

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | January 10, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

You know, at least he has shown to be pretty injury-resistant. Even with the big hits he throws and takes, how many games has he ever missed due to injury?

Posted by: Kurt | January 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Forget about comparing this to Jaromir Jagr's deal. Jagr was never a leader, anyone in PITT would tell you that. Ovechkin is the rare scorer that has worked hard to improve himself as a two way player and should be the team captain in a year or two when he gets a bit older. If there are two younger players to bank on in the NHL it is Ovechkin and Crosby. They were worth the hype.

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | January 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge OV fan but this looks like a Jagr deal. This deal shows me that he is greedy and not committed to winning(jagr). No way he should have got paid more the Sidney crosby.

This is what happens when there is not agent involved. Alex's parents were doing his deal. What if alex gets hurt, this is guaranteed money contract, not like football.

Posted by: smartfan | January 10, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Now RE-SIGN Olie !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: OliefanfromBeanTown | January 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

how can anyone be upset with this deal? You can not compare OV to Jagr; the heart, the leadership, etc. And locking him up for the long term shows the organizations commitment to him and the fans!

Some people just are not happy!

Posted by: Lee | January 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is no Jagr deal. After 30 plus years as a Cap fan I have never been so happy or proud. Thanks to all, mostly Ted, I guess. And OV. He is really the most exciting player since Gretzky. He may not get 200 points in one year, but then again, he might.

I watch every Caps game on TV and all I care about is scoring goals. With OV, Semin, and Backstrom I look forward to many exciting nights during the miserable, cold, worthless season known as winter. And I don't really know much about Fehr and Alzner and Borque, but I hear they will help. I'm glad for OV. He deserves this kind of contract. Again, he is the best player I have seen since Wayne, and, to be honest, OV is more exciting than 99. OV just rolls over people and I love it.

Go Caps!

Posted by: paulr | January 10, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Olie better be retiring after this year, resigning Green is now the next big step

Posted by: OLIE? | January 10, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Ted is brave. And committed. Wish AO had given the team a little more of a discount, but either way, it appears we have a franchise contract now for a franchise player.

Posted by: bill | January 10, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I dunno what greedy is when you know he would have (And could have) made more by signing a 5 year deal, and then signing somewhere else for 10 years at the max cap money then.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 10, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!! I LOVE EVERYBODY!!!!!!!
by the way, i think Spector said it best.

Posted by: fullright | January 10, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, let's just all be happy. The Ovie-is-not-signed-yet complaint is dead until 2021. No need to replace it with "he's signed for too long". Jagr he is not.

Posted by: DC Optimist | January 10, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Best news I've heard all day!

Posted by: Jill | January 10, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

13 years, Hallelujah!....ovechkin is the anit-jagr, end of discussion.

Posted by: wow | January 10, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

...especially you Tarik! (because there's nothing wrong with that.)

Posted by: fullright | January 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously, let's just all be happy. The Ovie-is-not-signed-yet complaint is dead until 2021. No need to replace it with "he's signed for too long". Jagr he is not."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: Joe | January 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

press conference at 8?

Posted by: fullright | January 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This is indeed a fantastic deal for the organization and for AO. The club KNOWS that AO will be here for 13 years. That's a long, LONG time. The amount when projected out with the rise in the salary cap that will occur will make him tradeable later if it is felt that is needed - which I sincerely doubt. And, the franchise knows what to build around.

This is a very good deal indeed.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

People whining about the deal are probably the same people who kept whining that
Ted wouldn't step up and match a max offer. Well, he did it. And Ovie is the type of player that's worth it. He loves to play the game and excites the crowd every time he touches the puck.

Posted by: tallbear | January 10, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

For that much money, will be driving the Zamboni too?

Posted by: SA-Town | January 10, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes!!! I can't believe this and I can't believe that anyone could say he was greedy. If he was greedy he would have signed a short contract and gone for the big bucks when he was a UFA...
Some people are just never happy! Hats off to Ted for making a commitment to the team! At least we know that both of them are serious about the Caps and bringing a Cup to DC. It would have been so easy for Ovie to go to a market that is more hockey crazy....
Good for everyone involved.

Posted by: K | January 10, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

- "Why do I smell another Jagr deal?"

Gimme a break.

Penguins troll, be gone!

Posted by: 8until2021 | January 10, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ugh I just realized I'll be in my 50s when Ovie's contract is up...LOL.

Viva Ovechkin!!

And thanks Tarik for the timely and awesome scoop!! You da man!!

Posted by: Jill | January 10, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Ted!

Way to go Alex!

Way to go Tarik!

Great news.

Posted by: EddieBama | January 10, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

13 years!? AMAZING! FANTASTIC! SPECTACULAR! WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY!?!?! WE JUST LOCKED UP THE GREATEST OFFENSIVE TALENT IN THE NHL FOR 13 YEARS! EAT YOUR HEART OUT MIKE RICHARDS!!!

Posted by: henry | January 10, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@Jill,

Thanks for the reality check....

Posted by: Lee | January 10, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I bet Bettman is furious!!!! hehehe

Posted by: K | January 10, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

HOLY BALLS!!!!! Tarik, ask Ovie if he needs a personal assistant to answer his phone and schedule interviews. I'll quit my day job to work for him!!

Posted by: Mitch | January 10, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the news conference will be televised?
I REALLY wanna watch it and CSN is showing (ugh) basketball!

Posted by: Joe | January 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

This is real, right? I mean, this isn't some elaborate hoax, yes? This is really happening?

Way to go, Ted!

Posted by: Eric | January 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm thumbing my nose at all those who thought they had they had a chance-especially all you arrogant Canad....

Posted by: Just make a save | January 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Now if only he buys a nice big condo on 7th street in partnership with Ryan Zimmerman. Ovy can use it in the winter. Zim can use it in the summer. Both can have Agent Zero over for a Barbeque.

Posted by: 6th and D | January 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Now if only he buys a nice big condo on 7th street in partnership with Ryan Zimmerman. Ovy can use it in the winter. Zim can use it in the summer. Both can have Agent Zero over for a Barbeque.

Posted by: 6th and D | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

This news couldn't have come at a better time. Just orderd an OV jersey the other day and now we have the greatest player for the length of his productive playing days.
My only complaint... that this contract is going to force me to get NHL center ice for 13 years so I can watch OV from my Phoenix home...

Posted by: stuffedinvader | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Now if only he buys a nice big condo on 7th street in partnership with Ryan Zimmerman. Ovy can use it in the winter. Zim can use it in the summer. Both can have Agent Zero over for a Barbeque.

Posted by: 6th and D | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope Bettman is furious :D

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

- smartfan,

Also to you, not a Jagr-like deal.

"What if alex gets hurt, this is guaranteed money contract, not like football".

Despite many who tear Ted down whenever possible, the guy is not dumb. I can almost guarantee that there is wording in that contract relating to a third party insurance agreement. That is, a portion of the money is guaranteed by the Caps, the rest by insurance in the event of a serious or career-ending injury to AO.

I'm not completely sure of the specifics or how it works, but I can assure you its in there.

The Orioles had the same thing with Albert Belle. Sure they were saddled with part of Belle's contract after he was injured and done, and that surely played into Angelos' switch to being thrifty later, but insurance covered at least a part of it. So the Caps I think wouldn't be completely screwed with the cap situation in the event of Alex being finished, but still responsible for some of the contract.

Tarik, can you enlighten us on this subject?

Posted by: 8until2021 | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

- smartfan,

Also to you, not a Jagr-like deal.

"What if alex gets hurt, this is guaranteed money contract, not like football".

Despite many who tear Ted down whenever possible, the guy is not dumb. I can almost guarantee that there is wording in that contract relating to a third party insurance agreement. That is, a portion of the money is guaranteed by the Caps, the rest by insurance in the event of a serious or career-ending injury to AO.

I'm not completely sure of the specifics or how it works, but I can assure you its in there.

The Orioles had the same thing with Albert Belle. Sure they were saddled with part of Belle's contract after he was injured and done, and that surely played into Angelos' switch to being thrifty later, but insurance covered at least a part of it. So the Caps I think wouldn't be completely screwed with the cap situation in the event of Alex being finished, but still responsible for some of the contract.

Tarik, can you enlighten us on this subject?

Posted by: 8until2021 | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the news conference will be televised?
I REALLY wanna watch it and CSN is showing (ugh) basketball!

Posted by: Joe | January 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't compare him to Gretzky, compare him to Messier. Likable guy with toughness on the ice, plays both ways, is a leader and a winner.

Sounds like Messier AND Ovechkin.

Posted by: kenwood | January 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

This is real, right? I mean, this isn't some elaborate hoax, yes? This is really happening?

Way to go, Ted!

Posted by: Eric | January 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Ted certainly put his money where is mouth is. Way to send a message that we have the best and most exciting player in the league here, no matter what Bettman or the All Star game ballots say.

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: Jordana | January 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I think that something might happen with respect to Ovie's contract soon. I don't remember if it was Tarik's article or the AP story, but Ovie mentioned how excited he was to play last night in part because his parents had just returned and were at the game last night. Ovie's mom plays his agent in real life.

Posted by: Clarendon | December 30, 2007 12:10 PM

Ovechkin's mom does not represent him. I'm told he's been handling the negotiations himself, with the guidance of a lawyer.

Posted by: Tarik | December 30, 2007 12:13 PM

Let's see, today is the 10th of January, I will remember this as Vindication Day ;-D

Just kidding Tarik! I understood your point, and in fact you didn't contradict me, you simply clarified.

It's a great day for the Capitals! Congratulations to the Fans!

Posted by: Clarendon | January 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I was right about offering Ovy a long-term deal. Just call me Nostradmus.

;)

Posted by: Sapper | January 10, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

O.k. Alex you've been shown the money now show us the Cup!

Posted by: Just make a save | January 10, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a great deal for our salary cap because while it may look steep to begin with the rise in the salary cap will make it noticeably less hurtful to our overall team when younger guys (fehr, backstrom, green, schultz, etc.) need their big contracts. Its a risk of course but will ultimately help our salary cap situation when younger guys need their contracts. Watch out for AOs contract to not even be in the top 10 in the league in three years when we should be contending for the cup

Posted by: salary cap | January 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

13 years?! Good lord.

I just hope Ovechkin really likes Alexandria.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 10, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against Clarkie but shouldn't AO be wearing the "C"?

Posted by: Just make a save | January 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

FANtastic news!!!!

Posted by: Mike13 | January 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Redskins loose on Saturday, Gibbs is gone on Tuesday and on the flip side, Ovechkin is here to stay. What an emotional roller-coaster of a week.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | January 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know I think Clark should be Captain for another year or two...I like him as C but definately AO will be Captain of this team and probably for quite awhile!!!

Posted by: K | January 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps can keep Mike Green, Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom around, good things will come.

Posted by: Oh Yeah | January 10, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

From this day forward, I shall hereby no longer refer to Mr. Leonsis as "Fat Ted".

Way to go, Ted!!! You rock!!!

Posted by: I love Ted | January 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

you da man ted

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@smartfan.

It OK. I not Jagr. I have fun to play, score goals.

You not worry. I lend you dollar.

Posted by: AO #8 $124 Mill Yo | January 10, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

This is tremendous! Ted has come through big time. We as fans, now must do our part to support this team even more than before. Ovie is a once in a generation player and the Washington community is damn lucky to have him, as well as the having the ownership we do.

Posted by: kenhockey | January 10, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Just please sign Mike Green. Wait until Semin shows he's back before signing him though.

Posted by: Jeff | January 10, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

This signing is for all you people that were like Ohh Ted is a joke and George needs to go... All it took was just Ovechkin getting signed and now everybody loves Teddy/George!!!

GO CAPS GO!

never give up never surrender!!!!!!!

watch out Carolina here we come for 1st place of the SouthEast

Posted by: ZackAttack | January 10, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Thank you!!! This is the best news i've heard in ages. It was a large concern in the back of my mind as the season wore on. Now i can relax knowing that the best cap to ever wear our jersey will be here for a long time.

Posted by: Rikus | January 10, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff - Semin's already resigned.


When the Caps resign Green, this team is gonna be a scary force for years to come. I'm very pleasec.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 10, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

In addition to being pleasec, I am very pleased.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I guess GMGM gets to keep his job. he he

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

@Jeff - Semin's already resigned.

must have missed that :o

Posted by: Jeff | January 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

will one or more of you nattering negativists--you know who you are--send some flowers to George and Ted NOW, with an abject apology and a deposit on a 13-year season ticket plan.
1) Mentioning Alex Ovechkin and Jagrl in the same sentence is boorish if not blasphemous. Find me film of Ovechkin loafing through a shift, much less a season, or stick that comparison up your mullet.
The Caps just beat the Habs in MTL, fought off the Avalanche, and cut a career-long deal with a truly likable, insanely talented athlete. Be happy--I promise it wont hurt.

Posted by: redlineblue | January 10, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

I never expected 13 years but that's awesome...Have the Caps started Negotiating with either Green or Kolzig for extentions??

Thanks for the coverage, you do a GREAT job

Posted by: Ann | January 10, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

People can complain all they want but when you draft a guy like this your goal is that he plays his entire career for you. We just guaranteed that. Will he be healthy all 13 years? Probably not. But as long as he doesn't have any devestating injuries that knock him out for a year or more than the risk was worth it.

Posted by: eric | January 10, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

In addition to Green, Mo should be a high priority too.

Posted by: the faucet | January 10, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: Did anyone miss this article? I thought it was hilarious.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2007/12/ovechkin_on_a_segway.html

Posted by: Jeff | January 10, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

On the negative side, should we take any meaning to the fact that it is 13 years? Not 12, not 14, but 13? As if the franchise has not had bad luck anyway....

Posted by: Lee | January 10, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

lol just did some math, ovechkin will be making an average of $116,322 dollars A GAME! waita dish out the big bucks george!

Posted by: henry | January 10, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

This looks like a good deal to me. The guy is a self starter who absolutely has to be the best. In the out years, it will be bargain.

I suppose that I should probably let that option on Predator season tickets go, don't ya think?

Posted by: Old Bob | January 10, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Jeff,
Kinda like Pothier-Pothier line?

Lee,
13 is only considered unlucky to us 'mericans. It's ok.

Sorry I could not make the STH shin-dig.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe people are already carping on signing Green, etc. Good lord!! This is awesome--be thrilled!! Do you have any idea how much easier it is going to be now to attract talent for the long haul? And we have the greatest player who also happens to be an outstanding human being HERE.

Great news! Now where is the press conference televised?

Posted by: 3vafan | January 10, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

From OV's point of view, this is a gigantic vote of confidence in Ted and George and hockey in DC. No way would a player of his caliber want to squander his entire career on a perennial loser. This is a great day for Caps fans.

Posted by: 22153 | January 10, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

everyone go to digg.com and digg this article!

Posted by: greg | January 10, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Now where is the press conference televised

Yea, where!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

can't find the press conference....

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Re: 13 years

I think Ovie will be 35 when the contract's up, just in time for him to eligible for contract bonuses again. :)

Posted by: tallbear | January 10, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

nice so the media will interept television for gibbs retiring but I can't find one channel with the press conference on...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

only down side is this really doesn't leave us with much money to resign; Green, Olie, Morrisonn, Laing, Fleischmann, Gordon, Bradley, Laich, Fehr, and Brashear. Now obviously most of those players will have either their same pay or less ie Olie, Brash, Fehr, Fleischmann, Bradley, and possibly Laing. But guys like Gordon, Morrisonn, and Green won't be so cheep. But when push comes to shove we have Ovechkin and the rest should follow suit.

Posted by: DC FURY | January 10, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

AO for 13; Brash for 13? Seriously we'll need major league protection for a long time.

Posted by: Just make a save | January 10, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

13 year deal??? I know Ovechkin is the second best player in the NHL but 13 years? That is nuts.

Posted by: atomic | January 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Three words...Thank you Ted!

Posted by: Mark | January 10, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Brash is too old for a 13 year contract

Posted by: K | January 10, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Suck on that, Toronto.

Posted by: zamboni | January 10, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, I keep hearing that Nylander suffered a season ending rotator cuff injury against the Avs? Have you heard anything about it, and can you confirm if it's true or not?

Posted by: Concerned | January 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@atomic-Ovechkin is the BEST player in the NHL.

Posted by: DC FURY | January 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"I just watched from outside of an office at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as Alex Ovechkin, Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and the Ovechkin family all shook hands, completing a new long-term contract extension for the star winger. Yes, I was standing in the rain."

Those were Tarik's words from his previous post. Am I missing something? gmgm doesn't seem to be present? And I am supposed to lay off him simply because HIS bosses signed the star player?

gmgm, Pres. Dick P., and Big Ted, waited for 21 games this season to realize that their coach was suffering a "failure to communicate", potentially solidifying the team's chances to once again fail to make the playoffs. They spend and make the big bucks because they are supposed to be good at their jobs. All of their jobs. Not just certain parts of their jobs.

Big Ted really needs to put in place the sort of management structure that befits this historic signing.

@ Tarik: So I am not the only one standing out in the rain ;-o

@ Jill, thanks, I'll be into my 60's, but the Capitals should prove to be more entertaining then my 40's or my early 20's.

Posted by: Clarendon | January 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! I have been a Caps fan for over 27 years and this is the best news ever! Alex is a superstar and a great kid, he will become an icon in DC as the Caps continue to improve over the next several years. Also kudos to Ted Leonsis and the Caps ownnership for keeping Ovie in DC where he belongs!\

Go Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Eric Crossley | January 10, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

@Zamboni,
The throngs in Montreal, not TO are pissed and Sens fans are breathing easier.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Great work Ted!

Posted by: someone else who knows | January 10, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW, which story is going have more prominence on the front page of the sports section tomorrow: Washington football club's coaching search or the Capitals' historic signing?

Posted by: Clarendon | January 10, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

for anyone comparing AO to Jagr is an idiot. First off, Jagr never played for the team, he was a cry baby and when things didn't go his way he stopped playing. Ovie, has proven that he will put the team on his back and is committed to winning.

Plus, here is another fact. Jagr was only good when he had the set up man in Lemuiex, we have seen what he has done with lesser talent, and that is nothing.

Next will be Green, and Flash, we do have some minor leaguers that will be good, but I still think that we need a shut down defensemen, like Witt (when we had him) or someone of the Stevens style of playing. And a protector of Ovie, will be great.

Plus Ovie can fight, if you Youtube him, you will see him fight in the Russian elite league.

NUFF SAID

Posted by: pstylee | January 10, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

You know I'm looking at the numbers, and since it's pretty safe to say that Eminger and Clymer won't be caps next year we might not be in that much trouble. With out them we have two million more, then factor in the probably rising cap, and get Olie to take a home town discount we can retain Green for sure and probably everyone else we really need.

Posted by: DC FURY | January 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish I didn't have such a common name...because the Jeff earlier in this thread wasn't me (the one who posts too often w/ very long posts). Oh well.

Posted by: Jeff | January 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Great news, I'm thrilled that OV isn't going anywhere.
That said, 13 years is a long time. That takes cahones that i sure don't have. If he gets tired of dC, he's screwed.

What does this do to the team? Tampa bay comes to mind.

In the end, OV is worth every penny he earns and then some. No one plays as hard as he does, hits as hard as he does, goes all out every single shift like he does. We're blessed to have him in Washington. And I'm not even religious. of course, this means one hell of a washington/pittsburgh rivalry forever. What a wierd way for things to happen, eh?

Posted by: 007 | January 10, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome! I'm not ashamed to say I had tears in my eyes when I read it. Can't wait for the Flyers!

Posted by: somdfan | January 10, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this is good news indeed! Very good news for the future of hockey in DC. 13 years of Ovechkin should help the Capital's popularity immensely.

Posted by: Gelf | January 10, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"The first six years are $9 million per, the last seven years are $10 per."

Looks like OFB was right. 6 years @ $9 million per year = $54M. Then 7 years were added @ $10M/year.

Posted by: do the math | January 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I actually have tears in my eyes. Joy, pride, hopefulness. I never would have imagined 12 years. That shows you the kid wants to bring a cup to DC. I can't remember ever being this gratified by this organization and this is only the beginning. Lord Stanley's comin' to town. I BELIEVE!!!!

Posted by: kevbpgc | January 10, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Davaj nalivaj! Pour vodka, time to celebrate!

That's 'Stumblin In', in Russian translation
http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2008/01/time-to-celebrate-davaj-nalivaj.html

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - Please - Go to your editor and tell him/her the following:

"Maybe, just maybe, we should put the Ovechkin story over the 'we just interviewed a tennessee titan assistant' story on our Website"

Posted by: Mike | January 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@ Tarik and Clarendon

Great observations both of you and way to work in the rain Tarik. Great job by Ted and OV's family in getting this deal done. Tarik, obviously gmgm wasn't in the room other than serving drinks, was he kind enough to get you coffee when you were out standing in the rain. Don't you think he could have at least held your umbrella for you as you were writing? Sheeezzz zzzz!

Posted by: someone else who knows | January 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

You need to click on both top and bottom videos at the same time

http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2008/01/time-to-celebrate-davaj-nalivaj.html

Posted by: hint | January 10, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, I keep hearing that Nylander suffered a season ending rotator cuff injury against the Avs? Have you heard anything about it, and can you confirm if it's true or not?

Posted by: Concerned | January 10, 2008 08:58 PM

This can't be true...is it?

Posted by: Even more Concerned | January 10, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

@Clarendon

Me hopes Tarik is going to be busy making deadline for the front page of the paper...not the front page of the sports section. Leave the Skins to dominate the sports section tomorrow.

Posted by: Bubba | January 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for the national media to skewer the deal. They'll say the Caps overpaid.. they'll say Leonsis made the Jagr mistake all over again.

Here's why they're wrong:

1) Ovechkin is a transformational player. Crosby's great, but we've seen his kind before -- he's a passer like Gretzky. Now I watched Gretzky, and Crosby is no Gretzky. On the other hand there is no comparison for Ovechkin; people try to say Messier, maybe Cam Neely, maybe Bure but it's all crap -- the truth is we've never seen anything like him before.

2) Nine million dollars a year saves the Caps one million dollars a year. It sounds crazy, but here's the truth -- Ovechkin would have gotten a max offer (10 million) from some team this summer, which the Caps would have had to match.

It's a lot of money, but it had to happen. Now Ovechkin has to live up to the expectations; I have seen no evidence that he won't.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | January 10, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

TSN:Horrible deal for both sides
Glenn Healy "Ovechkin is stuck with a lousy team that doesn't have the attendance to support the money needed to surround him with talent. The Caps are stuck with a guy who 5 years from now won't be motivated with this big a deal on a lousy team" Overlooks the fact that we have the best farm system in hockey and can't answer the question of how Ovechkin getting 1 mil more per than Crosby ruins our cap but Pit has plenty of money to surround him? Also says Ovey can't compare to Cindy.

Posted by: eric | January 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I just got to say that I just got back from the Season Ticket Holder Party and it was really really really cool to hear Big Papa Ted announce the signing in person! Although I thought it was a little intense of him to call AO up there to speak without much notice, but meh, it was still really cool!!!! I am also really excited that all the rumors of him leaving where just that!!!

Posted by: Puddin_an_Semin | January 10, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

They are just jealous :).

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for the national media to skewer the deal. They'll say the Caps overpaid.. they'll say Leonsis made the Jagr mistake all over again.

Oneal you called right on.

Check the video 'All Locked Up' on TSN
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=226952&hubname=nhl

What's funny is the tool commentator downplays the sand in Jagr's vagina when he was here and then inaccurately states that we had poor attendance.

FALSE: We had the highest attendance when Jagr arrived. It wasn't until the sand irritated his orifice in year three that brought the decline.

Posted by: slappy | January 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I am so friggin excited. 13 years sounds like a long time but it is a full vote of confidence in the organization not only from ownership and managment but from one of the games most marketable stars. With Alzner, Finley and Bouchard on the horizon, i think the Caps will be making some serious noise in a couple years. Thank you Ted. Thank you for this wonderful belated christmas present.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 10, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Horrible deal for both sides? lol

When Yzerman started playing in Detroit they were called "Dead Things". It took Stevie a long time, and lot of failures to bounce back and to bring the Stanley Cup to Detroit. They were not called Hockey Town then, they were eliminated by Devils in the finals after winning the President's trophy and then by Avs.

Funny story from Yzerman, he went to play in casino in Windsor and two old gentlemen recognized him at the table, one said to another "Let's get out of here, it's Yzerman, bad luck". Obviously that memory stuck for Yzerman nad he only told it after Red Wings won the Cup.

Ovechkin is exactly like Yzerman, you can build a team around him, there will be players who will take less to play with Ovechkin in Washington just like a lot of players who came to play in Detroit after success.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

What is it with people wanting to re-sign Kolzig? We can get .890 save percentage goaltending just about anywhere for much cheaper.

Also, as someone above mentioned, what is it with the national media nattering nabobs saying we can't support Ovechkin with talent but I didn't hear a peep about that concern with Heatly's 10M or Crosby's 9M deals. In 5, 6, 7, 11 years from now 10M per year for one of the best players in the world (IMO THE BEST), will be a bargain.

Posted by: Sapper | January 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody else get sick of seeing reports that Ovechkin "edged" Crosby for the Calder? Last time I checked, Ovechkin got 124 first place votes, Crosby got 5.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 10, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

@ sombrero guy
AHH!! you read my mind!! i hate whenever they talk about ovechkin winning the calder they always say he "edged sidney crosby." he didnt edge crosby he beat the hell out of him for that trophy it wasnt even close!

Posted by: henry | January 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I have begun working on a spreadsheet and have immediately run into a problem. What numbers do you believe?

The Hockey News has a salary page that has nice numbers and tells you when UFA and RFA years come up. Or you could go to nhlnumbers.com and see the team's amounts there for each player. Or you could go to the NHLPA and get them there.

Problem is that they're all different. For example, AO shows 984,200/year in NHLPA, and 3,834,200 in NHLSCAP (THN). Clark's is different in all three. There are players listed in NHLSCAP that don't appear in the others.

This bites.


Damn! This sounds like my client! 29 versions of reality!

Posted by: Greg S. | January 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I just got off a long loooooooooooong day at work... oh my god what a surprise!
I never would have expect it so soon.

The biggest deal in NHL history. Wow... just wow.

So happie :)

GO CAPS!


Posted by: mauree | January 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Do you know how much Ovechkin saved on not having an agent?

$124M * 5% = $6.2M

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

http://www.hersheypa.com/events/hershey_bears/detail.php?id=1722

link to a press release with Calder voting details in case anybody wants to check

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 10, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of idiots on that commentary. "I would take Crosby over Ovechkin" Yea okay... enjoy your whiner. Then they go on about how the Caps have no one else who can score besides Mike Green. How about Backstrom... rookie of the month? And what about Semin? Yes, he only has 6 goals this year, but he's been injured. We've already seen what he can do.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@alexovetjkin,
Whaaaa, I thought it was 10-15 dings to the bottom line?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

The only thing Ovechkin and Jagr have in common is they got big contracts from the caps. After that let's break down each player, and see if this was a good contract or not. Ovechki; LOVES to play, can pass, shoot, and i think we all know he can score. He's a leader, a generally happy person, no injury prone in the slightest **knock on wood,** and wants to promote the game in DC. Jagr; injured constantly, only made headlines with gambling debts and tax problems, and barely put up the numbers. Now tell me, do you really think this will be like Jagr?

Posted by: DC FURY | January 10, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Just sitting here watching Sportsnite on CSN. Granted Ovie was the lead story but I can't believe they gave it less than 4 minutes. I was hoping to see the press conference in its entirety. No such luck.

Posted by: Tess | January 10, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

gracias ov por quedarte en washington you are the best.......

Posted by: erick | January 10, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

WOW! thanks ted, now my ST prices are definitely going up!!! worth it though. slappy, sand in the vagina could not describe jagr any better...

this is a big risk but all the naysayers need to consider this. crosby is making $8.7M per year for 5 years (8.7 matches my jersey number. like matching his purse with his shoes...queen). when his deal is up he will be 26. presuming he's on the same track as he is now, how much you think that next deal is gonna cost pittsburgh? $15-20M/year? ov's deal will look like a steal compared to that. where's my man puckguru with his complaint about this deal?

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | January 10, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Well it was fun to be there for the big announcement! Ted hedged, too - said the rumors about a 6 year deal were NOT true ... that it was actually 13 years! :-) Pretty cool, and a great way to announce it!

Tarik:
Thanks for bogarting my Kolzig moment - just as he was signing my jersey, you started asking him about the Ovie deal and completey distracted him. I am telling you, we really were about to have a genuine bonding moment! ;-) (ah, in case there is any doubt, I am just kidding!!)

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

ASG in Atlanta is going to be interesting. I'm looking for a commercial where Corbie asks Ovie for a loan, ha ha... Hear that burghers!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the "not 6... but 13" gig on TV :D

I think there is one other person we need to thank for this contract as well. That person is BB.
I don't think AO would have signed here if the team was 12 - 28 and hopeless as would have been without BB.

Boo! So you got Olie signature?
Poll to the people that went to the STH party: who signed what for you?

Posted by: mauree | January 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@mauree,
BB, oh sure. Glad you mentioned it.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the booth and the excitement about the deal was fun to be around. Ovie seemed genuinely thrilled - so go suck some syrup outta a tree TSN.

I felt like Ralphie seeing Santa sometimes with how quickly the lines were moving but I did ask Clark if he'd be back in a week and he smiled saying "soon."

Posted by: keef | January 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I had jerseys signed by kolzig, nylander, cassivi, backstrom, flash, brash, bradley, gordo and semin. I already have Ovie and several others, so I wasn't killing myself to get in a lot of lines (besides, Ovie's line was too long ... too bad, too, cuz Laing was with him and I would have liked his! :-)).

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

@mauree:

#19 Swedish Nat'l Jersey: Backstrom
#23 New Look Home Jersey: Jurcina
Blank New Look Away Jersey:
- Morrisson
- Jurcina
- Schultz
- Backstrom
- Flash
- Brash
- Steckle
- Clark
- Poti
- Bradley
- Boyyyyyyyyyyyyd
- Semin

Was hoping for more but half the team ain't bad.

Posted by: keef | January 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone seen the front page of the WashingtonPost.com? AO's contract isn't on the page. Surely there'll be a link under sports right? Nope. So let's go to the sports page on WP.Com. It's the second article. Under the Skins talking to Schultz about the coaching position.

@Tarik

Where is the sports editor's head? Up her...?

I know, you can't answer...

Posted by: Greg S. | January 10, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

@ Kenhockey 7:47PM

This is tremendous! Ted has come through big time. We as fans, now must do our part to support this team even more than before. Ovie is a once in a generation player and the Washington community is damn lucky to have him, as well as the having the ownership we do.

As a STH and avid hockey fan I can't agree with you more. The CAPS are young and will only get better. What a commitment ownership has made. I think its time more people get out to the Verizon Center to support this team. We come 70+ miles one way and havn't missed a game yet. GO CAPS

Posted by: LFR | January 10, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

The TSN comments are just so poorly reasoned. The only intelligent line was in the final seconds when Bob McKenzie rhetorically asked, as a closing thought, "But what would they do if they didn't sign him?"

And that's the entire point.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

It's not just TSN. The Hockey News, and CBC.CA are all over it, too. They'er just jealous that a Canadian team doesn't have him.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 10, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

alexovetjkin:
What are you going to do now that you don't have Ovie trade rumors to perpetuate?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

Now I am gonna die in peace :-)

Quite a few would be happy :-)

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
BTW, I never heard back from you ... where did you disappear to?!? I was not sure if you wanted an autograph or not (and if so who, how you wanted to get it from me, etc.). But if you want, I can pick up a $10 fan club autographed puck for you ... :-/

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

alexovetjkin:
You can say that again!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

I am just trying to document everything related to Ovechkin. Why am I doing this?

I have no freaking idea.

Except I haven't eaten for 5 days cause nobody goes to my blog and clicks around. I know my blog sucks, but if you go and click around :-) (not really) I can have some dings to buy food. :-)

But seriously, when Ovechkin scores, I jump off my coach and shout at the top of my lungs... maybe that's why. He makes a lot of people happy including me, I believe...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | January 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm giddy. No seriously, I'm giddy.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I had long day at work, got home just an hour ago :( *cries* ... maybe next year I'll bum a STH party from someone that can't go.


Posted by: mauree | January 10, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Holy Toledo! This is the best news I've gotten this year! Okay, the year's not even two weeks old, but this is a nice start. Things are certainly looking up for the CAPS. Let's stay healthy guys...

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | January 10, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

alexovetjkin:
Do you ever go to games?

Sombrero Guy:
If you think you are giddy, imagine how Ovie feels! ;-)

mauree:
Bummer! Sorry to hear that. Well, if I have a spare STH party ticket next year, I will let you know! In the meantime, hit a practice for autographs, or, better yet, go to the blood drive - it is on a Saturday, some players are there (signing autographs) AND you get two free tickets to a game!!

Well boys and girls, I am operating on less than 4 hours of sleep, so I am going to hit the hay soon. If I don't "talk" to you before, have a LOVELY evening!

Posted by: Boo! | January 10, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I'll check on Nylander tomorrow. But I wrote the other day that his shoulder injury is worse than the Caps are letting on that it might require surgery.

Check back around 11.

Posted by: Tarik | January 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

mauree,
got autos from gordon, bradley, semin, clark, poti, steckel, green, erskine, eminger, kozlov, laich and pettinger. not bad for my first time. seemed pretty well organized, at least from what i heard from people who have attended in previous years.

Posted by: happy me | January 10, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

keef, Boo!, happy me

That is so so friggin cool.

Posted by: mauree | January 10, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm salivating at the thought of an Ovechkin, Backstrom, Fehr top line for the next 10 years! W O W !!!

Posted by: Puckguru | January 10, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

While I'm thinking about it, a Sasha Semin, Perrault, Bouchard 2nd line probably wouldn't exactly be chopped liver either. Far fetched? I don't think so. Check back with me 24 months from now.

Posted by: Puckguru | January 11, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Большие Новости... Ovechkin заслуживает этого и мы - также

Posted by: JSchon | January 11, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

@JSchon

Gazprom?

Posted by: mauree | January 11, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I'll check on Nylander tomorrow. But I wrote the other day that his shoulder injury is worse than the Caps are letting on that it might require surgery.

Check back around 11.

Posted by: Tarik | January 10, 2008 11:31 PM

I'm bracing for the worst, i guess this means Kozlov goes back to 2nd line pivot, we really need Clarky back now worse than ever. Thanks Tarik

Posted by: Concerned | January 11, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to OV !
I wish OV the best of luck at the Olympics

Posted by: Chief | January 11, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin flashed his gap-toothed smile and said, "I have everything." OMG I love this guy! I am soooo happy!!! 13 years!? my endorphins must have been spiking. Earlier I typed 12 years. Sooooooooooooooo happy :} Way to go Ted. Congrats to Ovie, Ted, and as Tiny Tim observed, "God bless us, everyone. Except Pittsburgh."

Posted by: kevbpgc | January 11, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Hate to be a buzzkill but according to my source Nylander is done for the season.

He's due to have season ending surgery on his torn rotator cuff.

Announcement to be made before Sunday's game versus the Flyers.

Posted by: badnews | January 11, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Great news w/ the signing.
There isn't a player that comes to mind that plays with the same energy and sheer determination that Ovie does. I can honestly say that I have never seen him give less than 100%. If he isn't able to generate chances he is usually taking out his frustration by hitting someone. He is truly a unique player and now the Caps have the best player in the NHL. We will have won several Cups by the time he is done.

Posted by: capfan1 | January 11, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

The B.O.D. were extremely influential in getting this deal done. We initially wanted 6 years at 54M, but Ted wanted to throw more money at it, so we stood down. Yes, the B.O.D. stood down for Teddy to throw the money around - simply b/c we like OV!

Good news is we took a cut, and are now out in Georgetown picking up cougars on Ted's generousity!!!

Sweet!

Posted by: The B.O.D. | January 11, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

I already submit Pittsburgh as team I never play for ever. Dumpy city with low end citizen, and team could fold at any minute due to weak dollar in city.

Posted by: Alex Ovechkin | January 11, 2008 6:10 AM | Report abuse

puckguru?!? YOU ESCAPED!!! You escaped from ... hmmm ... where did you escape from, anyway?

Posted by: Boo! | January 11, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

OV shows the Caps a serious committment - lets show him the same support!! Caps fans, lets all return to Verizon and get that old Caps atmosphere back... next year OV will be voted by the Washington fans as a starter in the allstar game. Great day to be a caps fan!!

Posted by: lets go caps! | January 11, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

WHAT? It WASN'T a dream???

:D

Posted by: Greg S. | January 11, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I am so excited!!! I can't believe it! I can't believe I'm still excited today!!!
I wasn't going to renew my full season tickets next year b/c sometimes it just feels like it's too much but I think I may have to change my mind now. If Ted can make the financial and time commitment then I can too..like a good faith measure. The best way to show Ted how great this is is by going to the games!

Posted by: K | January 11, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

@ K

Not only going to the games but drowning out the cheers for the visiting teams!

Posted by: LFR | January 11, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Ted tell me I must score tricky had every game now.

I try good as I can.

Posted by: Ovie | January 11, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I am so happy that the caps organization is finally starting to do things right. Now, they just have to resign Green. Anyone know who the Caps RFA's and UFA's are at season's end? I know Olie is UFA, and with the bulk of OV's new deal, I honestly don't think the Caps can afford to resign Olie, especially since he unfairly makes more money than Marty Freakin Broduer. I'm just trying to figure out who the Caps can ditch and who they can count on keeping for next season.

Posted by: Matt | January 11, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Ted and Alex just completed my New Year's Resolution.

Now I can stop working out, drink more, smoke more, and start cussing again.

Posted by: 828 | January 11, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Matt, if you believe nhlnumbers.com,
UFAs: Olie, Brash, Bradley, Laing, Cassivi
RFAs: Green, Morrisonn, Eminger, Fehr, Laich, Gordon, Flash

Green is probably the only one looking at a major salary bump. I'm guessing either Laich or Bradley will be allowed to test the market. Who knows what GMGM will do with Eminger. Flash probably needs to score some goals.

Posted by: tallbear | January 11, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I think we'll keep the RFA's except Emminger...unless he gets a chance and totally steps it I don't see him staying around.
Who knows Olie and Brash may decide to retire or I could see them both possibly getting a one year extension...I don't see why we wouldn't keep Brads and Laing well I think his performance speaks for itself. I'm not really sure about Cassivi...
I do think we have a lot more money then we think though and I definately agree that Green will probably be the only one getting a significant raise...

Posted by: guess | January 11, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Matt, I don't have a full list at the moment, but off the top of my head:
Mo, Gordon, Laich, Green, Fehr, Flash, and Eminger are all RFAs next year, and Olie, Brashear, and Bradley are the UFAs (plus plenty of Hershey players on both lists). If Olie comes back (and there's no reason to think he wouldn't for another year or two), he has to know that he would get to the point of a 1A or even a backup role, so don't expect him to get near the money he has now. The only reason he gets paid so much now is as a bonus or whatever for sticking with such a bad team for so long, and that shouldn't be a consideration going forward.

Posted by: Brad | January 11, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Joy.

Plain and simple joy.

Posted by: Goat | January 11, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@JSchon: вы прав!

This is the best news for hockey in Washington -- ever. The house will be rocking on Sunday!

Posted by: Fred | January 11, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If you look at NHLNumbers.com FAQ page, you'll see that the numbers are not considered accurate by them. My poking around last night confirmed this. I found 3 websites with different salary numbers, and different players even.

There was agreement with 2 of the 3 on UFA/RFA (the other didn't note this).

Anyone trying to figure out the available room on the cap is sweeping the ocean back with a broom. Anyone that tells you definitively that the Caps are in trouble cap-wise is blowing smoke.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 11, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

What time will the Eastern All-Stars be posted?

Posted by: somdfan | January 11, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Not that anyone should care all that much, but for those of you who don't get the NHL Network the analysts last night seemed to think it was the right move to sign OV for as big (and long) a contract as they did.

Wednesday night one guy said he expected OV to be offered a 10 year deal for 100 mil+ come FA.

Just wanted to present another "expert" source that was on board with the signing. They also said Caps fans should be excited about OV, as well as the future as they feel like things are looking up in DC.

Posted by: Jeff | January 11, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Giggidy, giggidy... heh, heh-heh.....Alllrrriiiggghhhtttt!
Thats freaking awesome. Lets go AO!

Posted by: captnclark | January 11, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

So now contract speculation's starting on everyone else? :)

Now that Ovie's on board, I'm guessing it'll be harder for others to turn the team down. Such great news.

Posted by: keef | January 11, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

A very bold move by the Capitals; essentially their long-term future is now secure. While I do not care to speak for TSN and CBC, I would provide some food for thought:
1) These multi-year deals are, for the most part, being signed by teams that do not currently have a huge fan base (NYI, Washington). Lucrative markets for sure but empty seats don't really look good on tv (which will hopefully change).
2) Outside this area, Washington is not viewed as being a strong hockey market for several reasons. Poor attendance and less than stellar ratings among the obvious. Unlike the summer-long debacle that was Nashville, the Capitals at least have a stable ownership that is committed long term.
3) Luckily ESPN has never been guilty of speculative reporting that does not pan out nor overly hyping something. Such as reporting that a coach is leaving only to have said coach say "I'm staying".
4) Glenn Healy and other commentators are paid to...well, give their opinion. And yes, a 13-year contract involves a level of risk. Some of this is simply playing devil's advocate, and some of it gets into the uglier side (that somehow Europeans are not as tough/rugged as "our good ole Canadian boys). I don't agree with this, but there are some that still, on a subconsious level, think this way.
5) To a degree, a lot folks here are a bit tired of seeing teams flounder in US markets but every attempt to move a team to Canada gets the thumbs-down from the league (while a decade ago Quebec City and Winnipeg lost teams to Denver and Phoenix). Meanwhile, Canadian revenues, rights fees, and ratings are all up significantly (the exchange rate, to be fair, is driving this to a degree), while teams like Nashville, Florida are a joke (and teams like NYI and Washington are curiously not drawing well even though the sentiment is that they should be).

Posted by: Patrick | January 11, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the better bday gifts i could ask for. My bday is today, but yesterday i got new hockey gloves, had a 4 point night in my game, and got the news of the OV signing. Very happy day for me

Posted by: Eric D | January 11, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

somedfan,

Noon today.

Posted by: HolyOlie | January 11, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"These multi-year deals are, for the most part, being signed by teams that do not currently have a huge fan base (NYI"

the islanders don't have a huge fan base? didn't they win 4 cups in the 80s? are their fans that fickle?

Posted by: RobNva | January 11, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

In a few years, Alex will own the Caps because Ted won't be able to afford the team and his salary anymore.

JK, GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Lemieux | January 11, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the Islanders fanbase is much, much smaller than the Rangers. Anyway, their ownership/GM situation is messed up, so it was hard to take DiPietro contract's seriously. Really, it's more Lowe's fault. He's the one that upset the RFA market.

Posted by: tallbear | January 11, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Still giddy.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | January 11, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

RobNva,

The Isles took our place at the bottom of the average NHL attendance standings after the big crowd at the Colorado game on Wednesday, so in a word, yes.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/attendance?year=2008

Posted by: HolyOlie | January 11, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I think signing Green to a long term deal just got easier. Who wouldn't want to be on the ice for years to come with OV, Backstrom, Semin, (Alzner, Godfrey)..?

Posted by: Steve R | January 11, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@HolyOlie

While the attendance figures are rather low *cough cough*, they're probably more true than any others. I've heard a lot about how the other teams pad their attendence figures by giving away seats. While that fills the stands, it doesn't bring in money to the coffers.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 11, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I watched the TSN clip and wasn't surprised. It ain't the Toronto Sports Network for nothing. There is a feeling there that to be "the" star, you either have to be A) From Canada, or B) Play in Canada.

This deal almost assures Ovechkin never will play in Toronto, and they can't get over it.

People are entitled to an opinion of not liking the deal - I understand that and it's OK! But Healy's factual errors in his commentary make his opinions somewhat worthless. McKenzie's first point to compare it to the Jagr deal is a joke. How's Jagr working out for the Rangers right about now? The middle one (i can't remember his name, sorry), seemed reasonable.

Look, it IS a lot of money. It IS a 13-year deal. And it IS a bold move for Washington. Leonsis is essentially putting his chips in now, and if this move failed, the club is ruined. But he rightly has no Earthly reason with this player, in this time, to see why it would fail.

And when you consider the likely offers that were going to come in from Krazy Kevin Lowe with Edmonton, or somewhere else, if Ovechkin became an RFA, then suddenly, 13-$124M wouldn't look nearly as outlandish. The whole goal of every other GM in the league should have and would have been to produce an offer that they felt Washington would have had no chance of matching - which would have been about in the ballpark of what they signed him for anyway.

Posted by: Eddie C | January 11, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@Patrick,
Well, why have the Canadian cities lost teams and why no replacements for Quebec and Winnipeg? Do you really think those cities cannot support teams? Of course they could.

What about Ottawa? They are relatively new but the nations capital with no NHL team? Blasphemy. To quote your first line: A very bold move by the Capitals; essentially their long-term future is now secure.

Your food for thought reeeeeks of being nationalistically Canadian. So why have "joke" Florida and Nashville not moved to the bosoms of Winn and QC? That would be "bold" huh?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 11, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Philly gave Mike Richards a pretty big, long term deal and their fanbase is, by no means, weak

Posted by: nhcaps | January 11, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@ Cap Fan 1,
You have a serious problem. I neither know, nor care from whence it came. All I DO KNOW, is that it's severe, debilitating, and hopefully not communicable. Poor fella........

Posted by: Puckguru | January 11, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Greg S,

I dunno... I've seen a couple of Isles games this season on TV and those empty hideous green seats tend to jump out at you. It's looked pretty dead in there, and the Caps numbers do seem to be rising significantly given the successes of the last few weeks. I think the figures are fairly accurate.

Posted by: HolyOlie | January 11, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

is semin going to be a cap in a few years?

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