Russian Hockey Star Ovechkin Vows To Defy NHL, Compete In Winter Olympics

"Yeah, I didn't change my mind and I won't", the Capitals star said following Tuesday morning's skate at Air Canada Centre, via the Washington Post.

"It's my country", he added.

Add in the fact that Canada always wins barring a insane upset, you can have the exact tournament with the exact players and play it at a time people actually want to watch hockey and the whole thing adds up to a big nothing. "It's disappointing to see the decision but hopefully it can be salvaged".

With the league sticking to an uninterrupted schedule, Moore said he has the option of running NHL games opposite the Olympics.

"There's still a long time", he said. "It doesn't matter what".

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin reiterated Tuesday that he still plans to go for Russian Federation.

"We've been marketing the game overseas since I've been in the league". "But it is what it is". "Of course, Canada wants its best athletes to be there and this is making it more hard for them to do so".

Which is to say, he still intends to go. "That's all we can say at this point". "We'll see though. Maybe they'll let us go". Our owner (Ted Leonsis) knows my view, Evgeny Kuznetsov's view, Nicklas Backstrom's view and (netminder Braden) Holtby.

Hopefully it's a decision that will be reversed so hockey fans can enjoy Olympic hockey at its best. And it's great for our game.

"Just seems like it comes down to what can they get out of us when the next (collective bargaining agreement) negotiation rolls around?" That's wrong. That's not what the Olympics is for. "Greatest event you'll ever go to in your life". "It's just really frustrating".

And Forsberg and Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne are two guys you had to feel for in the Nashville locker room Tuesday. As it stands, Hart Trophy favourite Connor McDavid won't get to represent Team Canada; Auston Matthews won't be able to stand for the star-spangled banner; Patrik Laine won't have a chance to dazzle with the Finns.

"Myself and couple other Americans, Deron Quint and Dave Leggio, were joking around to not make any plans over the Olympic break next year because they might need us to play", said Keith Aucoin, a 38-year-old former National Hockey League forward who is playing in Germany. In the interim, commissioner Gary Bettman has instructed teams not to comment on the subject.

The president of Rogers Sportsnet and National Hockey League properties said in an interview Tuesday that as a fan, he'd love to see the best-on-best at the Olympics. "You never know. I've heard matters being closed before on numerous occasions and be re-opened. But again in my mind, I'm going", he continued.

"It's my country", Ovechkin said. He plays a big role on Team Russia. "I really don't have an opinion on it, but it's a tough time of the year".

Shattenkirk didn't commit to either staying or going, but he doesn't have a problem with a teammate playing. "If we would've done that I'm sure they still would've tried getting some more out of it". "I definitely wouldn't hold anything against you".

For Crosby, a two-time Olympics participant and hero of the 2010 Games for his golden goal against Team USA, there's a question of whether a trip that leaves the Penguins short a superstar merits consideration. Caps winger T.J.

Rinne missed the 2014 Games in Sochi because of a hip injury, or he nearly certainly would have played for Finland as a backup to Tuukka Rask. The Olympics is always the biggest stage for us every four years.

"I bit my tongue and just put out the photo".

"I hope it's not over".

Swedish star Nicklas Backstrom said he was disappointed but was noncommittal when asked whether he'd be willing to go no matter what.

"We'll see what the fine is", Vlasic said with a grin.

  • Julie Sanders