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07:31 AM ET 09.05 | Amid reports Dynamo Moscow would like to lure Alex Ovechkin back to Russia, Caps GM George McPhee can't see it. McPhee declined to comment directly Wednesday on the statements made by Safranov, "That's a question I'll probably duck for a long time," he said. But McPhee did say that he's never doubted Ovechkin's desire to play in and be a part of the NHL. "When we were trying to sign him the first time around we had just come out of a lockout and I think we had three days to sign him. ... We were on the phone with this parents, translators, I think there was a big group and Ovi kept telling his parents and everybody else in the room 'I want to play in the NHL'. From day one this kid's always wanted to play over here, and I don't imagine he's going to want to go back any time soon.

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September 5, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Unless Burke trades 4 first rounders for him...

Gotta have hope...

September 5, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Yea!!! I am sure Capital fans are pleased, at least.

Is it hockey season yet? Sigh.

September 5, 2013  09:32 AM ET

From day one this kid's always wanted to play over here, and I don't imagine he's going to want to go back any time soon.

This was before he made millions and realized the grind of an NHL career. The KHL will pay him Millions just for his gap toothed smile....Kovalcuk II

September 5, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Yea!!! I am sure Capital fans are pleased, at least.Is it hockey season yet? Sigh.

Not yet. Go back to sleep.

September 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Unless Burke trades 4 first rounders for him...

Birkie was too busy playing in this golf tournament this past weekend....



:-)

September 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Yea!!! I am sure Capital fans are pleased, at least.Is it hockey season yet? Sigh.

Welcome back DWI! It seems like it will be soon. Lord knows I'm ready. I doubt the Caps are but what the heck. It's time.

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September 5, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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Were all of his awesome Leaf signings there with him? From Connolly right down to Komisarek?

I'm sure they were Danny. You heard what the anchor called it so they should have been there.

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September 5, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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To be fair, Komisarek actually seemed like a great dude through it all.

I'll throw Dion's name out there, for obvious reasons.

He'd be in the "Feature Foursome" with Lord Irk.

September 5, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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Birkie was too busy playing in this golf tournament this past weekend....:-)

Threesomes do tend to move it along:)

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September 5, 2013  04:05 PM ET
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Gotta have hope...

I'm sure Slapshot is relieved to hear that.

September 5, 2013  04:48 PM ET
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To be fair, Komisarek actually seemed like a great dude through it all.I'll throw Dion's name out there, for obvious reasons.

Komisarek's game (if you would call it that) went to hell in a hand basket quick.

Ms. Pinch (a.k.a. Mr. Sloppy Seconds) never impressed me. It always seemed like his big hits were borderline late or when the game was already decided.

September 5, 2013  04:57 PM ET
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I'm sure Slapshot is relieved to hear that.

I'd make that trade and McPhee could probably convince Burkie to throw 2 second rounders and cash into it.

September 5, 2013  05:13 PM ET

Alex wanted to get home for the 24-hours of Siberia, but decided it's easier getting in than getting back out.

 
September 5, 2013  08:06 PM ET
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Unless Burke trades 4 first rounders for him...

He'd be worth it, if he continues to play like he has! Ya just won't win, cause all the other roster spots will be taken up by AHL players on two way contracts........no money left to pay the right guys to make Ovie work.

What a goal scorer, and I'm glad he's not gonna take off for the bush league, as we know Kovie wants someone else with talent in the league ;)

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