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08:29 AM ET 09.20 | On the same day he signed a contract to play in Russia for a KHL team, Alex Ovechkin insinuated he may just stay there. [Ovechkin] reiterated that if a new NHL collective bargaining agreement includes dramatic rollbacks in existing salaries, some players -- including himself -- might not return. "Of course, I said it before, before I sign contract, that if the league decides to cut our salaries, cut our contracts for what they want, I don't know how many guys are coming back," the Washington Capitals' star left wing said Wednesday. ... "Why they have to cut our salary and our contracts right now? They sign us. [Now they] want to cut it. I think it's a stupid idea and stupid decision by NHL, [Commissioner Gary] Bettman and the guys who work there."

The Washington Post

Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports Alex Ovechkin, Icon Sports
September 20, 2012  08:32 AM ET

And as soon as you start a sentence with "I think"...I feel we've already lost you Alex.

September 20, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Ovie has a good point. Its not like the NHL is the only show in town and they do have to worry about the competition. To a large degree the NHL expansion was doable because of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the influx of the Eastern European talent. If those guys head back to the Fatherland then contraction in the NHL wouldn't be an option it would be a necessity.

September 20, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And as soon as you start a sentence with "I think"...I feel we've already lost you Alex.

as we have seen in the past few years, there have been two huge corrections that have affected us all....the burst of the real estate bubble and the stock market correction.....NHL is having to make its own corrections to field profitable teams....hopefully they can get it right so that the final product will benefit all involved...and this includes the fan....if reducing teams is one of the answers, then so be it..let the chips fall and get the foundation of the game back on a positve track....would hate to see Preds fall by wayside, but if thats what it takes, do it.....expansion or relocation is not always the right answer.......

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September 20, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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as we have seen in the past few years, there have been two huge corrections that have affected us all....the burst of the real estate bubble and the stock market correction.....NHL is having to make its own corrections to field profitable teams....hopefully they can get it right so that the final product will benefit all involved...and this includes the fan....if reducing teams is one of the answers, then so be it..let the chips fall and get the foundation of the game back on a positve track....would hate to see Preds fall by wayside, but if thats what it takes, do it.....expansion or relocation is not always the right answer.......

I think Nashville isn't doing as badly as was previously thought or rather were a few years ago....Fan wise anyways...and they lend a certain, "cadence" to the league.

September 20, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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EXACTLY.......taking back a percentage on any existing contract is a swindle job...plain and simple.

and what is is we call a player that signs an outlandish contract that doesn't produce..."Gomez"...for example?

September 20, 2012  09:24 AM ET

I'm with Ovie on this one. In the immortal words of Felix Unger:
"You take a loaded tamale, you point it at your stomach, and you accuse ME of pulling the trigger?"

September 20, 2012  09:31 AM ET

after the lockout, im done going to games unless they are free...for the price of seats food and beer i can get the nhl package for the year...

September 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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I'm with Ovie on this one. In the immortal words of Felix Unger:"You take a loaded tamale, you point it at your stomach, and you accuse ME of pulling the trigger?"

I keep hearing about salary cuts. Has anybody's NHL salary been cut as a result of a CBA? Ever? I understand the cap is, has been and could be cut. I want to see if a salary has ever been "cut". Who was cut? How much? Pardon me but I don't believe the rhetoric on this so far at least. Just like I don't think a lot of the players understand that there is a difference between revenue and profit and their Fehrless Leader is in no rush to explain it. Now, Bettman and ownership share the blame of course for letting it get this far. Hockey fans didn't cease to exist during the last "lost season". I can assure you that 600 + NHL players aren't going to make the same money in Europe that they make here. Another item that is ludicrous is that the players will run their own league. Really? They got any arenas to play games in? Transportation contracts? Lines of credit? Good luck Fehrless One.

In the absolute worst case and the PA says 'sayonara" the owners can, and will, start all over again by signing players and re-starting the league. Smaller? Very likely. Lower priced tickets? Yep. Will any NHL players jump ship and come back to a new NHL? You can bet your last nickel that many, many of them will. My guess would be a majority. In closing........as I've said before, a pox on both their houses.

September 20, 2012  09:46 AM ET

Our economy is a mess. Who can afford to go to a hockey game? If you want stability in the NHL, then don't vote to re-elect Barack "income redistribution" Obama. At least Russia has a flat tax.

September 20, 2012  09:49 AM ET

I was wondering how much a guy like Ovie would get paid to play a full year in the KHL? If I was born in Russia, and they were paying something comparable to the NHL, I would leave in a second knowing the NHL wants another salary rollback.

I do think the Union/Players should have thought of second option last year knowing there was probably going to be a lockout. For any European player in the NHL, I would have started to see what leagues I could play over there. Most of those guys go back to their respective countries every summer anyway, so its not like they're uprooting their family like an American or Candian player would have to do.

Wouldn't it be ironic if all the European players gave the middle finger to Bettman and left the NHL altogether, and we were back in the pre-1980 times before the Iron Curtain fell? We would have a 30 team league of Americans/Canadians. Talk about dilluded!

September 20, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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.Wouldn't it be ironic if all the European players gave the middle finger to Bettman and left the NHL altogether, and we were back in the pre-1980 times before the Iron Curtain fell? We would have a 30 team league of Americans/Canadians. Talk about dilluded!

nice. Then they would have to cut...and the first cut would be Bettman

September 20, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Works for me. Stay over there.

Then international hockey might have some meaning again.

Especially if they keep it away from the Limpics. We need some hate on that stage.

September 20, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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after the lockout, im done going to games unless they are free...for the price of seats food and beer i can get the nhl package for the year...

yup....take the corporate handouts

September 20, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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and what is is we call a player that signs an outlandish contract that doesn't produce..."Gomez"...for example?

The solution to the Gomez's of the world is to have incentive laden contracts, not to renege on an already signed contract.

September 20, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Has anybody's NHL salary been cut as a result of a CBA?

I wasn't really paying attention last time around but didn't they do some kind of percentage roll back? I have a vague recollection of something like that.

September 20, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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after the lockout, im done going to games unless they are free...for the price of seats food and beer i can get the nhl package for the year...

And, you get to have the food and drink of your choice, which is probably way better than most concessions you could get.

September 20, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Our economy is a mess. Who can afford to go to a hockey game? If you want stability in the NHL, then don't vote to re-elect Barack "income redistribution" Obama. At least Russia has a flat tax.

to counter your argument......the other side of the political aisle (and former president) started this 9 billion a year war and presided over the explosion in marginal housing lending and the market boom/bust

Neither one of these pineapples running for office can manage this country, and the only reason they get the nod for the nomination of their respective parties is due to the fact of the dwindling pool of viable politicians to select from.

I will stand my ground and not vote once again, I will not vote using the lesser of two evils ideaology.

September 20, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Our economy is a mess. Who can afford to go to a hockey game? If you want stability in the NHL, then don't vote to re-elect Barack "income redistribution" Obama. At least Russia has a flat tax.

Do you really believe the horse caca about cutting taxes for the rich will pull this economy back? If so, why havent the rich pulled us out yet? I'll tell you why, with close to 85% of US GDP derived from the service sector, 1%'ers are too small of a percentage to have a impact on consumption to impact the overall growth in this economy.

It's the disappearing middle class (you and me--the slaves) who drives this country.

 
September 20, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Turn brain on before tongue Alex- The NHL and KHL HAVE a signed agreement about honoring contracts this time around.

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