The Washington Capitals have re-signed Alex Ovechkin for the next five seasons. It was a move that every fan wanted and desired and now we know it’s official. Alex Ovechkin is back for five more seasons and ready to chase Wanye Gretzky’s record for the all time goals. All he needs to do is average 33 goals a season and he will get there.
“In his mind, that’s as long as he wants to play for now,” General Manager Brian MacLellan told the media on Thursday during Ovechkin’s press conference. Ovechkin joked that he wanted three years while GMBM wanted five.
#3 Ovechkin’s drive
It was clear Ovechkin wanted to be the best and graduate from the NHL as the leading scorer of all time when he signed his contract extension. I honestly thought it was going to be four years, as long as the Nicklas Backstrom contract extension, but adding an extra year gives him more time to shatter the greatest record in NHL history. And over the last few seasons he has proved that age is just a number.
“I’m going to try my best. That’s why I want to play five more years. To have a chance to catch the Great One, why not? If I’m going to be second, pretty good number as well,” said Ovechkin.
But Ovechkin is more than just stats. He wants to win another Cup with the Caps and fans would welcome both easily. “We’re going to try to do it next year,” Ovechkin said. “When you win this once, you just want to repeat and repeat.”