Alex Ovechkin plans to finish his career at Dynamo Moscow
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have developed an unbreakable partnership over the years. Before that, he was a star for Dynamo Moscow. Even after a total of 15 years with the Capitals, the former Art Ross trophy winner has plans to finish his career in Moscow.
At 35 years of age, Ovechkin is nearing the twilight of his career. There are a lot of times that a professional player considers a move to another team in their career. But for Ovechkin, that has not crossed his mind because he loves playing for the Capitals so much. He signed a 13-year deal in the 2007-2008 season and he is entering his final season of the contract.
Ovechkin is due for an extension especially with how he became a goal-scoring sensation for the Capitals. He has scored 706 in his career and he will surely draw some attention from other teams if he becomes a free agent. However, the Russian superstar is adamant that he will only play for two teams in his professional career.
When he talks about the discussion about his career supposedly nearing its end, he still believes that he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Ovechkin said, ‘There are certain goals that I want to achieve after my career. But my career is not over yet. I’m still in my prime. I think I will definitely play for a few more years, God grant that my health is good. I will finish in Russia at Dynamo Moscow. It’s not a question of money. It’s a matter of principle: I played for only two teams - Dynamo and Washington’.
Anyone will have respect for Ovechkin for his loyalty to his two teams. He is an amazing player and the opportunities will always be presented to him to go to other teams but he remains loyal to the teams that gave him the opportunity to play in the first place.
Ovechkin wants to repay the teams that gave him so many chances to break out. Having that kind of principle is really important in the current era of team-jumping.
Words: Cholo Martin