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Whispers of KHL pursuing Ovechkin

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04-11-2014, 12:06 AM
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i don't see him leaving for money. he wants a cup and he can only get it in the NHL. until he gets one i don't see him moving to the KHL. he isn't kovi

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What would be a bigger prestige signing for the KHL, Ovechkin or a North American star that's maybe a tier below him?

Obviously Ovechkin is Ovechkin and it'd be a huge deal, but luring over a name talent with no previous connection to the league would be a huge coup and turn a lot of heads.

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04-11-2014, 12:10 AM
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I doubt he goes to the KHL, but I could see him getting moved from Washington if they are considering rebuilding.

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04-11-2014, 12:11 AM
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When has the KHL not been pursuing him?

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04-11-2014, 12:13 AM
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Lol hfboards hate for Ovy is real. People rather hate then embrace, kind of sad that this is the state of our society. The guys a generational talent and all people care about is his +/- rating.
I dont think people see only his +/- the lack of effort given on back checks is whats astonishing..

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Well considering how much money some of these Russian elites can throw at him, I could see it happening...Plus he gets to be closer to home?

The question is how much do does Ovi value other things and what amount would really get him thinking.

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you'd do the exact same thing
A chance to finish as the 2nd best goal scorer of all time while still making 9 million bucks...

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04-11-2014, 12:34 AM
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I'm pretty sure he'd never be allowed to play in an international event again. No idea how much that would mean to him though.

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Lots of Glory back home too, Doubling your salary is a big deal.

If we cant offer him what his home country can why should we spit on him if he leaves.
Only to an extent. He makes 10m a year, plus his clothing line, endorsements, etc. Both of which would go downhill fast if he leaves the NHL.

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04-11-2014, 12:37 AM
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The KHL should be targeting all players, not just Russians. Their teams should be throwing big offers at all players possible. The more talent they cherry pick from the NHL, the better the players case against the cap come next CBA.
How so? The players make more money now than they ever did... all thanks to the cap. Average player salary today is at least twice what it was pre-cap (I believe 2.6m vs 1.3m). Additionally, now that the owners have a cap, there's not a chance in hell it'll ever get removed (and rightfully so). And the players trying to do so, would only result in another year lost.

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What would be a bigger prestige signing for the KHL, Ovechkin or a North American star that's maybe a tier below him?

Obviously Ovechkin is Ovechkin and it'd be a huge deal, but luring over a name talent with no previous connection to the league would be a huge coup and turn a lot of heads.
I think signing McDavid would make the biggest slash next to crosby.

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04-11-2014, 12:43 AM
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According to Jokerit new ownership people, Roman Rotenberg, KHL are going to lower their salary cap to a level that will bring more parity to the league in the near future. So i don't see any club prepared to throw huge money at him. Besides, It's become rather evident that he's more suited to NA rinks than bigger where he hasn't been nearly as dangerous in recent years.

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04-11-2014, 12:59 AM
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Only to an extent. He makes 10m a year, plus his clothing line, endorsements, etc. Both of which would go downhill fast if he leaves the NHL.
It's more than just money. Ovechkin is as famous as a person can be in Russia. I'm talking supermodels, lunches with Putin, red carpet treatment, etc.

In America he's just an ugly guy with a lot of money.

Ov is a primadonna, something tells me the allure of fame would be enticing to him.

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04-11-2014, 01:00 AM
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I think signing McDavid would make the biggest slash next to crosby.
Yeah, but I was thinking more along the lines of a Jamie Benn or Matt Duchene.

I sort of wanted to avoid naming names, just so there wouldn't be a pissing contest, but would it mean more to land someone like that? Bringing over a young, North American trained talent in their prime would really make people stand up and take notice.

With Ovechkin, people could still just say "oh, he's going home." That's not an option with those other players.

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Only to an extent. He makes 10m a year, plus his clothing line, endorsements, etc. Both of which would go downhill fast if he leaves the NHL.
around half of that goes to taxes. In Russia he'd make more than what Kovalchuk is pulling in (11 million) tax-free, and his endorsements would probably be worth even more in a country where everyone knows his name

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If the KHL can exploit issues brought up by the NHL owners' and the CBA they signed that might just be good for the fans. Even if it just means better marketing of stars since they're not truly exploiting something of value they have. But as someone else mentioned, an equilibrium will be established where the KHL realizes it probably needs some more parity, so we'll see what happens.

These offers (if they even happen) are very tempting to Russians and Eastern Europeans. If only to be closer to home. Can we really begrudge them?

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Lol really cheap of LeBrun to say something like that. It sounds like nothing but just something someone said at Taco Bell. Nice media tactic.

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If he left, I wouldn't blame him. The man puts up 50+ goals a season and we hear more news about his lack of defense and +/-. He would earn double the salary and be treated like an actual God for the rest of his life (more so then now) in Russia if he played in the KHL. I know he will stay because the NHL means to much to him, but I'm just saying he would probably be happier.

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According to Jokerit new ownership people, Roman Rotenberg, KHL are going to lower their salary cap to a level that will bring more parity to the league in the near future. So i don't see any club prepared to throw huge money at him. Besides, It's become rather evident that he's more suited to NA rinks than bigger where he hasn't been nearly as dangerous in recent years.
Wasn't there a thing with the KHL where they were allowed to pay a player from NA big bucks that would be off the cap as long as the came over and joined the KHL?

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It would be truly amazing to see my two least favorite teams lose their best player to the KHL for nothing in consecutive years, but I still don't want to see Ovechkin leave, and I doubt he will. Yet.

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I could honestly see a team throw $26 Million per year for 8 years at Ovie

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I could honestly see a team throw $26 Million per year for 8 years at Ovie
I dont think thats possible. I believe the salary cap is around 36 mil

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Don't let the door hit you on the way out if you choose money over eternal glory.
Is there any indication that he will take the offer? No?

Solid post dude.

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Let him go.
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It's more than just money. Ovechkin is as famous as a person can be in Russia. I'm talking supermodels, lunches with Putin, red carpet treatment, etc.

In America he's just an ugly guy with a lot of money.

Ov is a primadonna, something tells me the allure of fame would be enticing to him.
Probably the most educated post about Ovi ever posted anywhere.

Solid post brah.

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