Ovechkin is on Washington's protected list, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
No, the Caps weren't going to let Vegas take their captain and the face of their program. At age 31, Ovechkin failed to crack the 70-point mark in a full season for only the second time in his career. 69 points -- 26 with the man advantage -- is still an incredible year, especially when he added 216 hits and fired 313 shots on goal.
Referring to rumblings among disgruntled Caps fans about trading the 31-year-old winger following another postseason disappointment, the GM said it was not in the organization's best interests to trade the team's captain. While his age and considerable cap hit rightfully raise questions regarding whether he can continue to justify his price tag, there's no doubt that he's still one of the top players in the league. MacLellan is right to be skeptical of the notion that cutting ties with the franchise's all-time leading scorer will somehow improve its future prospects. Unless the team is blown away by an offer or the Russian winger decides he wants to move on, expect him to be a potent scorer once again for the Capitals in 2017-18.
Ovechkin (lower body) finished the season with 33 goals and 69 points in all 82 games.
The goal totals are the 31-year-old's lowest over a full season since 2011-12. While that may seem alarming, it's also worth noting that this was also the lowest ice time and shot total he has recorded since that campaign as well, as he averaged 18:22 in ice time throughout the season and potted 313 shots. Heading into the offseason with a couple of leg ailments suffered during the playoffs, it's fair to wonder whether the Russian winger's rather pedestrian totals was an anomaly or a sign of things to come as his age starts to show from years of intense physical play. He should still be an early selection in most fantasy drafts for next season, but perhaps his reign as an elite fantasy performer may be coming to an end soon.
Ovechkin (lower body) will not require surgery for knee and hamstring injuries sustained in the postseason, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
The knee injury was sustained during a violent collision with Nazem Kadri in Game 5 of the first round against the Maple Leafs and the 31-year-old winger injured his hamstring in Game 3 of the second round against the Penguins. Fortunately for the Capitals, the long offseason should be enough for the "Great 8" to heal from the various ailments, and he's expected to be good to go for training camp in September.
Ovechkin was specifically hampered by knee and hamstring injuries during the playoffs, Igor Eronko of Russia's Sport-Express reports.
Ovi won't be joining his fellow countrymen at the IIHF World Championship due to what the Russian Ice Hockey Federation generally described as a lower-body injury. The ever popular winger saw his point total drop for the second consecutive season -- he finished with 69 of those (33 goals, 36 assists) without missing a game -- and he struggled to a career-worst playoff mark of minus-4. It's not abundantly clear how the 31-year-old sustained his knee and hamstring maladies, but we suspect the sweeping leg hit from Toronto forward Nazem Kadri during Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals did him no favors from a health standpoint.