Alex Ovechkin RUMORS & NEWS

  • Capitals Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Alex Ovechkin eliminate slashing penalties

    Washington Post "Before the puck dropped to start the third period at Bell Centre on Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin was talking with two referees on the ice. Both sides had their say, and then Ovechkin returned to the penalty box to finish serving his second slashing penalty of the game. “I asked them, ‘You..." September 22

  • Ovechkin: ‘It sucks’ NHL players won’t be allowed to compete in 2018 Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been defiant at times that he will compete for Russia in the 2018 Olympic hockey competition. Even into early August, there were reports the Washington Capitals star was still hopeful he was going to South Korea to play for his country. It’s possible NHL players go to the..." September 15

  • Russian hockey head says Alex Ovechkin ‘has to accept’ he won’t play in Olympics

    Washington Post "Despite Alex Ovechkin’s repeatedly stated intention to defy the NHL and represent Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics, it is looking less and less likely the Washington Capitals captain even will be given the chance to do so. On Wednesday, Vladislav Tretiak, the head of the Russian Hockey..." September 13

  • Thinner Ovechkin arrives early to skate with Capitals teammates "A thinner Alex Ovechkin was skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday to prepare for the start of training camp on Sept. 15. The Washington Capitals forward appears to have taken seriously the challenge from management and the coaching staff to get in better condition this offseason and..." August 29

  • Ovechkin on Olympics: 'Always a chance'

    TSN "Alexander Ovechkin said when the NHL announced its decision not to allow players to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang he would be going anyways. Now, however, the Washington Capitals superstar sounds slightly more subdued in his plans for next February. "We’ll hope I’ll be..." August 08

  • Alex Ovechkin still hoping to represent Russia at 2018 Winter Olympics

    Washington Post "While the NHL has been firm on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is still hopeful he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, South Korea. “We’ll hope I’ll be allowed to participate,” he said in Russian to..." August 07

  • Malkin wants to see Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup

    Pro Hockey Talk "Evgeni Malkin‘s career is far from over, but he’s already accomplished so much. The 30-year-old has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, two Art Ross Trophies and a Calder Trophy. Fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin has also won a number of individual awards, but he..." July 27

  • Shirtless Ovechkin steals the show at his own wedding

    Sportsnet "He can skate, he can shoot, and he can score. But can Alex Ovechkin dance? Well… that’s still up for debate. Ovechkin and his wife, Nastasiya, got married last summer, but the couple officially celebrated the marriage with a huge wedding reception this past weekend. The event, which saw..." July 10

  • George McPhee on trading for Alex Ovechkin: 'That's not going to happen'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With Alex Ovechkin set to turn 32 in September, another early playoff exit has led some to wonder if it is time for the Capitals to move on from the Great 8. Even if general manager Brian MacLellan was thinking of making such a move – which he has already said he is not – Ovechkin's cap hit would..." June 04

  • Capitals general manager addresses possibility of trading Alex Ovechkin

    USA Today "The Washington Capitals won’t strip the captaincy from Alex Ovechkin, however general manager Brian MacLellan appeared to be open to trading the All-Star forward in the future if the right deal materialized. MacLellan told reporters on Tuesday that Ovechkin is “a big part of the franchise” and..." May 30

  • Evgeni Malkin is basking in Alex Ovechkin’s misery

    Yardbarker "The Washington Capitals may have won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second consecutive year, but that meant nothing earlier this week when they were ousted in yet another Game 7. For Alex Ovechkin, it was just another bitter moment in a long history of bitter moments. He has never advanced past..." May 14

  • Ovechkin injured knee on Kadri hit, won't need surgery

    TSN "Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday he injured his knee on a hit by Nazem Kadri in the Washington Capitals' first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ovechkin exited Game 5 of the series between the Capitals and Leafs in the first period on April 21 but returned for the start of the..." May 12

  • Russia: Ovechkin played through 'pain numbing injections'

    TSN "Alexander Ovechkin will not play in the world hockey championship due to a lower-body injury, Team Russia announced Thursday. In a statement, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation said Ovechkin told Russian coaches he finished the NHL playoffs playing through pain numbing injections. "During a..." May 11

  • Ovechkin skates with third line at Capitals practice

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, six-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner and three-time league MVP, skated on the third line at the club’s Friday morning practice. The famed Russian sniper took the ice with bottom-sixers Lars Eller and Tom Wilson, according to the Washington..." May 05

  • Alex Ovechkin says his ’stupid decisions’ put Capitals in 3-1 hole

    Sporting News "With his Capitals on the verge of yet another playoff elimination, Alex Ovechkin says he is to blame. Despite playing against a seriously short-handed Penguins squad, supposedly dead in the water without their concussed captain Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin and the mighty Caps failed to take..." May 04

  • Alex Ovechkin talks about play that led to Sidney Crosby concussion

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin addressed the play that led to Sidney Crosby’s latest concussion for the first time Wednesday and the Washington Capitals captain echoed the sentiments of his head coach Barry Trotz. “This stuff happens,” Ovechkin told reporters in Pittsburgh. “It’s hard to see a player go down..." May 03

  • Paul Coffey: Nobody's talking about Ovechkin's 'two-hander' on Crosby

    Sportsnet "While a significant portion of hockey viewers woke up Tuesday morning cursing Matt Niskanen for injuring Sidney Crosby, Paul Coffey offered a different view. The legendary defenceman, who spent parts of five seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, believes the NHL should..." May 02

  • Is Alex Ovechkin to blame for the Capitals’ series deficit?

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals are doing it again. Down 2-0 in their conference semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and heading into Pittsburgh for Game 3 Monday night, the chances are grim that they’ll be able to accomplish their ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup. This was supposed..." May 01

  • Malkin fine with Crosby-Ovechkin hype: I like to be quiet, just not on ice "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin sometimes seems forgotten when facing the Washington Capitals. That's fine by him. He knows the spotlight will fall on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. "I like to be quiet," Malkin said. "I just try not to be quiet..." April 27

  • Alex Ovechkin will play for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs in Game 6 "Alex Ovechkin will be in the lineup when the Washington Capitals try to clinch their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC). Ovechkin had trouble getting up late in the first period of Game..." April 22

  • Kadri defends controversial hit on Ovechkin

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a playoff series, individual battles between players can sometimes provide the most intrigue. Take what is happening between Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and Nazem Kadri of the Maple Leafs. The Capitals won Game 5 in overtime, pushing the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination. That’s a..." April 22

  • Trotz takes blame for Ovechkin's ice time

    TSN "Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin logged just 15:08 of ice time against the Toronto Maple leafs on Monday night. On Tuesday, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz took the blame for Ovechkin not playing more in the overtime loss and said he'd give him more time on ice moving..." April 18

  • Is Alex Ovechkin’s Olympic devotion a ‘selfish’ act? Um, nyet.

    Washington Post "Let’s imagine a fictional American star athlete, forced to go across an ocean to play in the world’s best league. Let’s make him a soccer player in the Premier League; a guy named, say, Owen Valor. Let’s say he’s spent his entire career talking about two dreams: a Premier League title for..." April 06

  • Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin says he still plans to play at Olympics

    CBC Sports "Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin still plans to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics, even if it means leaving his Washington Capitals in the middle of the NHL season. The Capitals captain has maintained that he will represent his country in South Korea, and he says the NHL's announcement Monday..." April 04