Capitals GM: Alex Ovechkin's New Contract Could Be Completed Before Free Agency

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 24, 2021

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters (h/t Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic) that he's hopeful the team will be able to reach an agreement with left wing Alexander Ovechkin before free agency officially begins Wednesday.

Ovechkin's 13-year, $124 million contract is set to expire. Per ESPN's Emily Kaplan, he is negotiating the terms of his new deal.

"I'm confident; we still have time," Ovechkin told reporters on May 25 during his year-end media availability session.

"Obviously, I want to finish my career here. I'm pretty sure we will do something soon."

The Caps took Ovechkin with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. He's been a member of the team ever since, posting 730 goals and 590 assists. His goal mark is sixth all time.

The three-time Hart Trophy winner and 12-time All-Star also led the Caps to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final victory in 2018.

The 35-year-old Ovechkin is still productive, registering 24 goals and 18 assists in 45 games last year for a Caps team that reached the playoffs for the seventh straight year. He led the 36-15-5 Caps in goals despite missing 11 regular-season contests.


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