|Ovechkin had 38 goals this season in D.C. (Getty Images)|
You want proof we're approaching the silly season? Alex Ovechkin trade speculation stories are popping up.
I know the Capitals have so much tied up in Ovechkin; he's the face of their franchise. He's one of the most marketable hockey players in the world. It would be difficult to trade a guy with two Hart trophies, with already more than 300 goals, with nine years left on his contract, and get full value.
But trading Ovechkin is not as farfetched today as it was a few years ago, though.
I have felt for a couple of years that trading Ovechkin wouldn't be bad for the Capitals. His contract is massive and he still likely would have a ton of value for a return package. Plus, that would actually be a tough contract to move I would think, no matter who the player is. A cap hit of $9 million is tough. With that said, I also always prefaced it with the fact that I know it won't happen. Not. At. All. At least not at this point in his career and contract life.
Even if his numbers appear to be dwindling along with his happiness, a move likely isn't even being considered to be considered. He is one of the most recognizable players in the league and is the face of the Caps. He is their franchise. Plus, how often do teams get fair return when they trade an established star?