Ovi gave a short interview to Russian TV station "Rossiya-2".
Here's what actually happened.
Ovi texted to his best friend Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin and joked if they had a berth for him to sleep (this is where Ovi is smiling in video). After that Ilya called him, they talked and Ovi asked Tretiak and Bykov to call him via Ilya, because Ovi didn't know what to do, should he go on vacation or fly to World Cup in Slovakia.
I haven't followed the national team because I was concentrating on playoffs.
[Russians already lost to Germans and could be eliminated soon too].
Hopefully my mood will change when I join the [national] team as well as the national team's mood too. We are going, I'm flying to help the team. We have a good team, the backbone of the team is the same. That's all [I can say].
Tarik El-Bashir and Dan Steinberg on Ovechkin's exit interview answers:
Via CSN Washington, when asked about playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championships, Ovechkin said he will indeed play.
"Yea, I talked to President Tretiak, he asked me if I'm going and I said yes," he said.
"I don't want to go there but I will. I want to play in the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup but the situation is the situation. I'm going to play for my country and try to win gold."
Under the personal supervision of Tretiak the issue with visa and insurance for Ovechkin were solved. CEO of RHF Valery Fesyuk had a phone conversation at 7:30 PM Bratislava time with Ovechkin's agent who reported that Ovechkin flight would land in Vienna, located just 50 kilometers from the Slovak capital, early Saturday morning. The bosses of the Russian hockey Federation immediately ordered via the organizing committee of the World Cup the best car to meet the famous forward.
...hmmm... Who would be Ovechkin's agent? Sergey Kocharov?
Also Russian coaches talked to Semin and told him that the decision about him would be done after the results of Red Wings -Sharks playoff series. If Red Wings will be eliminated, Datsyuk will be the number 1 candidate, if not, Semin will fly to Bratislava as well.