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Could playing overseas for a year reinvigorate Alexander Ovechkin's career?
This could sound crazy, but a season-long NHL lockout could save Alexander Ovechkin's career.
Bear with me for a second.
When I say his career, I don't mean that he is close to being out of the league. I mean that it could save his place among the NHL's elite.
It could create an opportunity for his name to be back into the running as the best player in the world.
Ovechkin has seen his numbers decline each of the last four seasons and last year's 65-point season couldn't have been encouraging.
He still has the same incredible skillset that he's always had, and at just 27 years old, he should be on his way to hitting the prime of his career right?
Unfortunately, that's not the case and it looks like he is stuck in what appears to be a rough slump.
Playing in Russia for a year could turn that around.
Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy writer, Dmitry Chesnokov, wrote an article about Ovechkin's plans for a lockout riddled year. He says that Ovechkin "exclusively told Pavel Lysenkov and Sovietsky Sport" that:
If the League [NHL] continues to insist on their [demands], then it will take a full year. That's because we are not going to cave in. Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It's an absolute reality.
It's an extreme concept, but playing overseas could be the best thing for Ovechkin.
It would be difficult to see one of the NHL's best never get back to his old form and mixing up countries just might do the trick.