The NHL’s worst nightmare is starting to become a reality as the KHL is becoming more and more popular. With Ilya Kovalchuk’s KHL bolt, it wont be long before more Russian players head home to play for the KHL. What could be better for the KHL than if Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin also jumps ship and heads back to Russia to join his country-mates in the KHL?
Although Ovechkin still has 8 years and $79 million left on his current contract with the Washington Capitals, the KHL will still try and convince the Capitals captain that his home is calling.
“Ovechkin has a current contract with the Capitals. Can we try to pull him out? We’ll talk, we’ll look at each other and will have some result. ~ KHL’s Moscow Dynamo Andrey Safronov
For years NHL teams shied away from drafting unpredictable Russian players for fear they may never leave Russia, but now the fear is they will depart in the middle of their contracts. Too bad Gary Bettman didn’t work out something preventing Russian’s from walking away from their current contracts in the latest CBA.
“Right now all Russian national team players want to come back to their homeland. KHL shows its force and credibility. And finances are important too. Taking taxes in account, playing in Russia has become way more attractive for players” ~ Andrey Safronov
This being an Olympic year, Ovechkin will be forced to talk about Russia and playing for his country. Could his experience playing at home in Sochi 2014 be enough for the Capitals superstar to stay in Russia?