I would take him in a heartbeat. The problem is the price would be too high.
He needs a fresh start, he shouldn't be the captain. People are much too hard on him. He had 38 goals last season and people look down on the guy like he's washed up. Should he do more? Probably. But Washington needs to take a long look at that defence (Carlson and Alzner stalled in their development and Green took a nosedive with injuries), their supporting cast (Mathieu Perreault, really?) and of course their goaltending (both have sub .900 SV% and plus 3.00 GAA).
It all depends on what is being asked the other way. Even this year, where he's supposedly been lousy, he'd be second on this team in points (behind Patches) and tied for first in goals (with Plekanec). If he regains some of his old form and becomes a fifty goal scorer? Do you know who the last fifty goal scorer in Montreal was? Stéphane Richer in 89-90. The last forty goal scorer was Damphousse in 93-94.
Would I sell the farm for Ovi? No. Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Subban and Price would be non-starters and I wouldn't be eager to move Patches either. But if the price is right you'd be a fool not to, even at his contract.
Caps most probably won't keep a % of his salary if they want to trade him. Ovie's contract is too long for them to want to keep his salary. As for us, we'll need to shed A LOT of salary in order to keep him and be able to re-sign our players, which was MB's intention. Not to mention what will the Caps want in return, which would be scary.
I don't see us making a move for him. I'm sure many teams are interested. But we aren't one of them.
I'd like to find a way to get him. But I just don't see how without really complicating things short and long term.
Even if he was the OV of old, I'd have a hard time making the deal based on his contract. With his mentality, he always seemed to be a guy who enjoyed playing the game all out. Maybe not in terms of blocking shots or defensively, but in the hitting department. I can see him break down long before the end of the contract.
I'm a little surprised at how suddenly his play's dropped off. He a guy who's at his best when's having fun. I expected him to get bored after a few years and his play would drop. He doesn't seem to enjoy playing the game at the moment. Hopefully he can get back to the level he was once at. When he is on his game, he's probably the most exciting player in the game.
I wouldn't be surprised if Ovie goes back to being a much better player in the next few seasons. He has too much talent to prolong that slump forever.
That said, the contract is horrible. It's not a gamble for Washington because they got some really good years out of it already, but for another team to take on it is just... too much of a question mark, because if he doesn't revert back to what he was, this current version of Ovechkin is putrid. His production, when you ignore the contract, is okay. But he's awful, awful to watch. Acts like a clown on the ice, no intensity, doesn't care about his team at all... He's a very bad player right now.
The only reason I wouldn't take him (like some others are saying) is because Wash wants too much in return. People saying they don't want Ovy on the habs are crazy! How soon people forget. I think Ovy would thrive in Montreal