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Would Ovechkin bolt for KHL, too?

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07:17 AM ET 07.19 | Yes, it's nearly August. Does anyone want to tell Sabres GM Darcy Regier and his Capitals counterpart George McPhee? Both are doing their best statue impersonations at a time in each team's history that cries out for at least a modicum of change. Yet with their near-total absence of action, both are making the case that the rosters that failed so spectacularly somehow deserve another chance. ... With diminishing returns like this, how long is it before we hear whispers of Alex Ovechkin following countryman Ilya Kovalchuk back to Russia via "retirement" The question still seems somewhat far-fetched, but considering how the Caps look primed to take a step back it's less preposterous to ask the question now than it was in January.

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July 19, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Russia... the new retirement community

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July 19, 2013  08:57 AM ET

I can see him on another team, (detroit?) but not the KHL

July 19, 2013  09:04 AM ET

He clearly enjoyed playing in his home country during last year's strike. The question in his how much money does he want and can he afford to leave such a big pile of money on the table as Kovalchuk did.

July 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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He clearly enjoyed playing in his home country during last year's strike. The question in his how much money does he want and can he afford to leave such a big pile of money on the table as Kovalchuk did.

You mean leave some money to get paid even more money?

July 19, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Good! Go! Have fun come the next economic crisis and all those oligarch's lose their fortunes and decide a playtoy KHL team or building a UEFA contender from scratch in Monte Carlo are excesses they just can't afford anymore.

These guys are billionaires shelling this money out. Even if they lose some money, they will still have some billions left.

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July 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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These guys are billionaires shelling this money out. Even if they lose some money, they will still have some billions left.

I have a car I've shuffled my equivalent of millions into. But it's a toy. Like a sports team to those guys. What's a few rubles?

July 19, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Not if the rest of their investments go belly up.

Roman Abramovich is worth about $10 billion right now. That's about half what he was worth when he bought Chelsea. A couple other oligarch's bought teams and sold them when the great recession began.

Unless the Sheiks start buying Russian hockey teams, this isn't going to last long.

I can't see the Sheiks being interested in hockey but the Trojans might be.

July 19, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Not if the rest of their investments go belly up.Roman Abramovich is worth about $10 billion right now. That's about half what he was worth when he bought Chelsea. A couple other oligarch's bought teams and sold them when the great recession began.Unless the Sheiks start buying Russian hockey teams, this isn't going to last long.

I could stand to worth $10 billion even if it's half of what I was once worth. $10 billion is way more money than anyone could need for several lifetimes. He ain't hurtin'.

July 19, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Russia... the new retirement community

Wonder if we will see Joe Namath doing Saddlebrook Estate-type commercials for Russia?

July 19, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Tootlez...see ya..b bye..

July 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET

"Yet with their near-total absence of action, both are making the case that the rosters that failed so spectacularly somehow deserve another chance. ... but considering how the Caps look primed to take a step back it's less preposterous to ask the question now than it was in January."

Wait a sec. Is this the same Capitals team that charged into the playoffs once they fully integrated Adam Oates's new system? If anything, the Caps season was fairly successful considering how it started. Why does this writer think they will now take a step back?

July 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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I can't see the Sheiks being interested in hockey but the Trojans might be.

there are already enough Trojans around the game and the leagues offices
(or at least the generic street slang for the product)

July 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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. Why does this writer think they will now take a step back?

he/she has to make stuff up to sell papers.It makes no sense
To quote Gov. William J Lepetomaine, 'we have to protect our phony balney jobs gentlemen!"

July 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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I could stand to worth $10 billion even if it's half of what I was once worth. $10 billion is way more money than anyone could need for several lifetimes. He ain't hurtin'.

Agreed. I could make it on $500 million. Have to eat day-old bread and drive a used car........but I could do it! This article could have come from the NY Post or the Globe & Mail. Sort of silly blather, but what the heck it's still hot.

July 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Not if the rest of their investments go belly up.Roman Abramovich is worth about $10 billion right now. That's about half what he was worth when he bought Chelsea. A couple other oligarch's bought teams and sold them when the great recession began.

Didn't one recently go broke, went on the run and died? Oh yeah, it was Abramovich connected, Berezovsky lost his case against him.

July 19, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Korean Hockey League...sounds like a perfect fit.

July 19, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Wait a sec. Is this the same Capitals team that charged into the playoffs once they fully integrated Adam Oates's new system? If anything, the Caps season was fairly successful considering how it started. Why does this writer think they will now take a step back?

No real moves other than getting rid of Ribeiro's wife. Two or three East teams haven't really done much this offseason. I suppose that's what he's harping on.

 
July 19, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Korean Hockey League...sounds like a perfect fit.

Here I thought KHL stood for the Kremlin Hit List.

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