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 moving him doesn’t “make sense from an organizational point of view," although he added a caveat. “Maybe at some point if there’s a legitimate hockey deal that came available, but I don’t know that’s where we are at right now,” MacLellan said via The Associated Press. “I think he’s got a history here. He’s a big part of the franchise and he’ll continue to be going forward.” Ovechkin, 31, has four seasons left on his 13-season, $124 million contract. His contract carries a $9.5 million cap hit.
Capitals general manager addresses possibility of trading Alex Ovechkin
USA Today | May 30