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Ovechkin Talks Contract (Briefly) and Bondra Retires

Alex Ovechkin hasn't said much regarding his talks with the Caps about a contract extension. But the all-star left wing, whose entry level deal expires after the season, was in a chatty mood this morning in Toronto, and chose to shed a little light on the subject.

"I want to be here a long time," he said. "I don't like change of place. But you never know. You can sign contract right now and the next day you are traded. It's the NHL."

He added: "I want to be here. I like the organization. I like the fans."

Asked whether he expects to sign an extension soon, Ovechkin smiled and said: "Ask George." So I did. McPhee politely declined comment, as he always does on contract negotations.

It doesn't sound like hard numbers are being exchanged. Yet, anyway.

Asked whether talks have turned serious, Ovechkin said: "Not yet. But we have a lot of time. Anything can happen. We'll see."

He'll be a restricted free agent after the season.

Update:Semin, Clark and Poti are out tonight.

McPhee said that Clark will ride a stationary bike today and then will be evaluated after that. Clark's status for Thursday's game hasn't been determined, McPhee said.

McPhee also said that Poti is "close" to returning, but won't play tonight. On Semin, McPhee shrugged and said "he's still day to day."

Update:Peter Bondra officially retired from the NHL today to take over as Team Slovakia's GM. Read about it here.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 29, 2007; 12:37 PM ET
 
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