January 10, 2008
News is currently breaking that the Capitals have signed Alex Ovechkin to a six-year deal that will pay him $54 million. His $9 million a year would make him the highest-paid player in the NHL and many would agree he deserves it as Ovechkin has scored the most goals over the past three season. This is a very important deal for Washington as there has been a lot of speculation over the past few weeks about his contract status adn future in the nation's capital.
Plain and simple, if there's no Alexander Ovechkin in Washington, how much longer would they have been able to survive? His electric play and ability to score highlight reel goals have brought a sense of revival in Washington, much like what's going on Pittsburgh. The Capitals have a nice crop of young players in Mike Green, Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin, and Nicklas Backstrom. They may not all gel together as quickly as the Penguins core has, but give the team a few years and we'll see Washington as a viable contender yet again.
Kudos to On Frozen Blog
UPDATE: Well, looks like those early reports were off as it has been announced that Ovechkin has signed a 13-year, $124 million deal. Tremendous deal for the Capitals.