After the game Dynamo vs Atlant (2-5) Dynamo forward Alexander Ovechkin, recently the captain of the Washington Capitals, talked to Sovietsky Sport writer Pavel Lysenkov about NHL lockout.
Alexander, can the NHL season still be saved?
We shall see. Some guys got scared, said bad things. But we stick together in the NHLPA and are not going to listen to these guys. We are united as a team. Everyone wants to play hockey, but I do not know when the lockout will end.
Can you guarantee that you will return to the NHL?
Again, we shall see. My contract with Washington Capitals is valid for 10 years. And I have to see if they will cut the wages. It's not just just me in this situation. And I don't understand why to sign long-term contracts with players and then cut them? It looks stupid.
The union is ready for revenue sharing in the ratio of "50 to 50". Do you agree?
I absolutely believe in our boss Donald Fehr, who heads the union. I know that he will not give up on our contracts. During the last lockout the players already have lost too much. I did not play in the NHL back then, but I know it. The main thing for us now is to stick together and stick to the same plan.
Speaking about some of the guys, do you mean Roman Hamrlik...
Yes, we played together in Washington. Hamrlik always would say what he thought. But now is not the time for it. You can say it in the bar or to your friends, but you can't show your frustration in the media. I do not support Roman and upset by his words.