Great Pavel LYsenkov of Sovetsky Sport had an interview with Dynamo's head coach Oleg Znarok. Here's the excerpt from the interview published January 12, 2013.
Why Ilya Kovalchuk is still playing for SKA, and Ovechkin flew to Washington on the first flight?
Sasha had an injury, he missed the last game due to a bruised ribs. Then the Capitals called and he was obliged to go. He in fact has the contract in the NHL.
I don't know what the situation is with Ilya. Maybe his contract is different... Sasha could play with Ufa and Nizhnekamsk. And Leo Komarov too. But we have no hard feelings. The guys helped us a whole lot.
With Leo Komarov it's all clear, but Sashka Ovechkin? I was surprised how much he is a team player. It was a feast for the eyes!
There was a rumor that in the national team Vyacheslav Bykov had problems with Ovechkin...
You have to be an insider to know what's going on. But this is all speculation, rumors. I know Vyacheslav Arkadievich for a long time. He is a great person. And don't think he had any problems with Sasha.