Much to the dismay of NHL fans across the country, Washington Capital superstar and player ambassador Alexander Ovechkin believes that this lockout, which is only in day three, could last the length of the 2012-2013 season. After deciding to play in the KHL until the lockout is over, he told a Russian daily newspaper, according to ESPN.com:
“If the league (NHL) continues to insist on their (demands), then it will take a full year. That’s because we are not going to cave in,” Ovechkin said, according to the newspaper. “Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It’s an absolute reality.”
Being the fifth work stoppage in the past 20 years, players are used to battling the NHL owners and commissioner, but seem to be extra-persistent this time in not bowing to their demands, even if that means missing paychecks and uprooting their homes. There will be no formal talks between the NHL and NHLPA until Wednesday, and if no progress is made, preseason games will start being cancelled by the end of the week. However, I believe that only after regular season games are cancelled (and real money is lost by both sides), will any CBA progress be made. Let’s just hope Ovi’s prophesy does not come true!