Alex Ovechkin To Quit NHL For 2014 Olympics?

Total Pro Sports – Winning the Stanley Cup is the goal most hockey players have when they begin playing the sport. They dream of hoisting it (and maybe throwing in an expletive while they’re at it), having a pool party with it, and when that is all done, taking it to bed to spoon it while sleeping.However, that dream is not the same for everyone. Some players look to international competition as the most prestigious brand of hockey. One of those players is Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. With the 2014 Olympics set to take place in Sochi, Russia, Ovechkin has stated that he will quit the NHL to play in the games should the league not come to terms with the IIHF on a new agreement that would allow their players to participate in the marquee international event.

This could give the NHL extra incentive to get a deal in place which would allow players to participate in the 2014 Olympic Games. The 2010 games in Vancouver will showcase the NHL’s talent on an international level, and in the previous three Winter Olympics, such competition has provided extraordinary battles and great results.

Russian players have often shown a great deal pride in their home country, which gives us reason to believe that others may follow a similar stance to that of Ovechkin. This can be especially threatening to the NHL, which has already begun to see evidence of the KHL’s rise overseas. Should the matter not be settled, it could provide further assistance to the growth of their rival league. And besides, who would Don Cherry make fun of should Ovie leave?

http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/07/alex-ovechkin-to-quit-nhl-for-2014-olympics/


17 Responses to Alex Ovechkin To Quit NHL For 2014 Olympics?

  1. dagostinirules92 says:

    losing ovechkin can be a serious blow to the nhl which is why they must get the agreement with the iihf done immediately. ovechkin is the most exciting player to watch and the best scorer in the league the nhl must not lose him.

  2. dagostinirules92 says:

    losing ovechkin can be a serious blow to the nhl which is why they must get the agreement with the iihf done immediately. ovechkin is the most exciting player to watch and the best scorer in the league the nhl must not lose him.

  3. dagostinirules92 says:

    losing ovechkin can be a serious blow to the nhl which is why they must get the agreement with the iihf done immediately. ovechkin is the most exciting player to watch and the best scorer in the league the nhl must not lose him.

  4. dagostinirules92 says:

    losing ovechkin can be a serious blow to the nhl which is why they must get the agreement with the iihf done immediately. ovechkin is the most exciting player to watch and the best scorer in the league the nhl must not lose him.

  5. habswinthecup-again says:

     I call bullshit, there is no way that Ovie walks away from $9million/year, even for just 1 year.

  6. JoelJoel says:

    yeah, not a chance.

    Also, how would it be legal? he has a contract to play.

  7. hockey_lover says:

    Uhhh .. if the KHL can manage to scrape up enough dirty money to pay Jiri freaking Hudler $5mil/year, they can CERTAINLY find $10mil/year to pay a player who is a) one of the top 3 players in the world, b) the BEST scorer in the game today and c) about 500 times the player Hudler could ever even hope to be.

    Im not sure how much you know about Russia but if there is one thing they have, its "behind the scenes" money to stuff into the KHL to make it a success. All they need are the players. Ovie would CERTAINLY turn his back on the NHL to play in his country for the same amount of money.

  8. muckies says:

    I Know Ovechkin is a Super Russian Patriot – no problem, but why quit the Washington Capitols for one of the most corrupt, drug riddled, capitalistic based organisations in the entire world. Just stupid to quit a class league like the NHL for The Olympics which is a complete shit sandwich and total joke of an organisation.  

    Do at the the World Championships Ovechkin.

  9. hockey_lover says:

    I dont really blame him at all.

    Its been ok for the NHL to allow its players to play at other Olympics in other countries. But when it goes to Russia, the NHL pouts and acts like a big *****ing baby because there is no IIHF agreement? Boo freaking hoo. Good ol' Gary is just doing what he does .. acting like a spoiled child because he isnt getting his way. He wants the Russians to bow down to him and sign an IIHF agreement on his terms or he wont sign one at all. Then to show those big bad russians whose boss, he will withhold his players from going to Russia. Its a slap in the face to all those Russian players who will play in Vancouver this winter.

    So, to fight back at the NHL, I wouldnt be surprised if MORE Russian players follow Ovie and do the same. Why not? Play in your home country for the same money?

    I dont see a bad side here. Sure the media coverage and sponsorship money might not be as great but big freaking deal.

  10. muckies says:

    I don't think this has anything to do with the transfer agreement at all, it is all about the league not wanting to be interupted and having their players suffer injury in an non-NHL event, just like the NHLPA said Canadians should not practice at the summer evaluation camp for fear of injury.

    When it comes to international events, what league would want to shut down for 3 weeks and have all it's star players retunr tired and injured? It doesn't happen in any other pro-sport in the world, so I can see why the NHL doesn't want to do it.
     
    Make the focus the World Champioships like it used to be in the 80;s, that was an amazing tournament and let amateurs play in the Oylpics and make it like a World Junior Tournmanet, it would just as good and just as exciting.

  11. hockey_lover says:

    Except that argument becomes moot when you look at the fact that the NHL has been in the Olympics for the past 15 years / 4 Olympics.

    If they were so against having their players not in the Olympics, why are they sending them to Vancouver? Because its on home territory and it will be huge.

    Why are they not going to send them to Russia, only 4 years after the present Olympics? The only logical reason is because of the lack of an agreement.

    For once, I agree with you (on your last paragraph anyway). I dont think NHL'ers should have EVER played in the Olympics. You can play for the pride of your country at the world champs. Leave the Olympics to the amateur athletes, which is what its supposed to be. But, the NHL is trying to have everything their way and its lame.

  12. bbruins37 says:

    leave the olympics to the amateur athletes? it's supposed to be the best in the world, which is why the NHL has to be involved.

    i dont think ovie will quit over this. however the NHL will probably shit their pants after he said this and come to an agreement though

  13. hockey_lover says:

    You are both right and wrong.

    The Olympics were originally designed for amateur athletes only. Its only been in the last 20 years that professional athletes have been competing at the Olympics games and that decision was made for monetary reasons, not athletic.

    NOW the games are meant to feature the best of the world but that was not the original intention.

  14. Kramer says:

    I predict a big trade in August.

  15. Kramer says:

    Wake up to the conspiracy!!!!!  Gary Bettman is taking bribes from the underworld and is a member of the Illuminati!  He's also a sexual masochist and likes to get whipped in the nude.

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    Totally agree with you.

    Gary better be careful about pissing on the Russians cause his league just wouldn't be the same if a couple of Russian players…. let's say one from each of Washington, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta, decided that they'll just go play for about twice as much money tax free in Russia in the KHL AND get to play in the olympics. 

    Maybe there isn't the same endorsement deals out there as in the NHL but something tells me that with that type of money in Russia, life could be pretty freaking sweet!

  17. hockey_lover says:

    I will need to pour bleach directly onto my brain to get THAT image out of there.

    *shiver*

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