Alex Ovechkin has joined the ranks of many NHL stars by packing his bags and heading over seas to play while waiting out the current lockout. But he before departing he had some strong for the league and it’s owners by stating that if the lockout drags on for too long then many stars of the game may choose to stay in Europe when the work stoppage finally ends.
Frustration is driving Ovi’s words, but can you blame him and the others that have lashed out at the owners? They want to play the game they love and now they’re being told no, stay away. So they find another place to play and given Ovechkins’ choice of words it’s hard to believe he would follow through on them.
The NHL is the premier league when it comes to hockey. Every child who has ever strapped on a pair of skates dreamed of one day playing in the NHL; it’s just a natural flow of emotion and thought pattern. You don’t think “hey, someday I’m going to go play in Europe and win the scoring race and league championship.” Rather it’s about playing in the show and winning the Holy Grail, the Stanley Cup and Ovechkin is no different.
We know this about number 8. He loves to score goals and he loves to win. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that he wants his name on that silver cup more than anything so would he really jeopardize that chance by staying in Europe for the remainder of his career? Not likely and the same goes for the other dozens of NHL players who have flocked to the European leagues.
I’m not criticizing Ovechkin for his words I just take them as empty threats. When it comes to the end of the lockout Ovechkin will be suiting up in Washington, scoring goals and jumping into the glass just like we’re used to. And all will be forgotten about with the European thing and the threat of staying abroad.