Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals’ captain and one of the NHL’s most prolific goal scorers, has signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal to return to the team after he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in February.

Alex Ovechkin has signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal to return to the Washington Capitals. The contract will run through the 2020-21 season and will include an annual salary of $9 million.

Alex Ovechkin has agreed to return to the Washington Capitals for a five-year, $47.5 million contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“I’M BACK DC!!!!” he tweeted, according to a source close to Ovechkin, who said he intended to pay tribute to Michael Jordan’s iconic “I’m back” remark on social media.

Since being drafted first overall in the 2004 draft, the 35-year-old has spent his whole career with the Capitals. After leading the NHL in goals for three consecutive seasons, Ovechkin tied for 13th in the league with 24 goals in 45 games in shortened season.


July 27, 2021 — Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)

This year, he missed an NHL-high 11 games, including four while in the COVID-19 protocol and seven due to a groin ailment.

Ovechkin negotiated for himself, much like he did for his last contract, a 13-year, $124 million agreement inked in 2008.

“Alex is a world-class athlete who will be remembered not just for guiding the team to its ultimate objective of winning the Stanley Cup, but also for motivating the next generation of fans and young players,” said Ted Leonsis, the club’s CEO. “Alex’s influence on hockey in D.C. goes well beyond Capital One Arena.” His on-ice prowess has certainly generated a slew of new admirers for the sport and motivated a new generation of young skaters.

“Alex’s influence is unrivaled both on and off the rink. He is dedicated not just to the organization but also to the community, and we want to see him in a Capitals jersey for many years to come.”

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According to ESPN, Ovechkin, who is now based in Russia, did not contemplate joining any other NHL club. Ovechkin invested in the Washington Spirit of the NWSL in May.

“Supporting the D.C. community was also essential to me. I am a strong supporter of everyone in this community “In May, Ovechkin told ESPN. “My wife and I like watching soccer, football, and baseball games. We all come out on top. If I have the chance, I believe it is critical that I take advantage of it since it demonstrates that we care.”

With 730 career goals, Ovechkin is closing up on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 894. He’s sixth on the list, after Marcel Dionne (731), Brett Hull (741), and Jaromir Jagr (741). (766). At 801, Gordie Howe is in second place.

In September, Ovechkin will be 36 years old. In 2018, the winger guided the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup victory. He set a record by winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, which is awarded yearly to the league’s best goal scorer, nine times.

In a statement, general manager Brian MacLellan stated, “Alex is the face of our franchise and is dedicated to this club and this community.” “Alex epitomizes everything that our organization stands for, and we’re delighted that he’ll be back in a Caps jersey for another five years.”

When the Seattle Kraken chose Vitek Vanecek, a 25-year-old goalie, in the expansion selection, the Capitals didn’t receive any salary-cap relief. By selling defender Brenden Dillon to the Winnipeg Jets for two first-round selections, Washington was able to free up some salary room. The Capitals are also waiting to hear whether Zdeno Chara, a 44-year-old defender, is interested in playing for them next season.

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