Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan said in march he hopes superstar and captain Alex Ovechkin will stay with the organization until the end of his Hall of Fame career and not become an unrestricted free agent after the end of this season.
Through Tom gulitti from the NHL website, the 35-year-old former Stanley Cup champion didn’t seem overly concerned about his future when he spoke to reporters on the matter ahead of the playoff opening of Saturday against the Boston Bruins.
“I’m not worried about it,” Ovechkin said. “Why do I care?”
Both sides have suspended contract negotiations until the end of Washington’s playoffs, either in defeat or with another title.
Ovechkin is negotiating with owner Ted Leonsis without resorting to an agent as he did when he signed a 13-year, $ 124 million contract extension in January 2008. Leonsis seems convinced that the biggest player in the world. franchise history is not going anywhere.
“Alex has been around a very, very long time and has a lot of confidence in us and knows that the most important thing right now is to focus on the playoffs, and that’s where we are,” explained Leonsis. “And I’m not worried. He’s not concerned. Our concern is the Boston Bruins.”
Ovechkin recently missed seven games and a majority of an eighth with a lower-body injury, but returned for Tuesday’s regular season final against Boston.