Alex Ovechkin has a change of heart

Kris Connor

Alex Ovechkin threatened to stay in the KHL. He's changed his tune.

Remember all those times Alex Ovechkin said that he'd think about staying in the KHL, even after the NHL lockout ended? Well, the lockout is still ongoing and Ovechkin's still playing in the KHL, but he's backing down on those threats. Instead, after three months with Dynamo Moscow, it seems he's soured a bit on the experience in general.

Some excerpts of an interview with Russian publication vmdaily.com, as translated by the Alex Ovetjkin blog:

So once the lockout will be over, will you return to the NHL as soon as possible?

Certainly. I am very comfortable in Moscow, Russia in general, but my soul is across the ocean, in the NHL, with Washington Capitals, with whom I still hope to win the Stanley Cup.

Alas, every week, even every day and hour, the hope that the NHL lockout will be solved, is decreasing.

What do you not like in our hockey, Alexander?

The most annoying thing is almost complete lack of interest in hockey in Moscow, especially noticeable after sold out arena in St. Petersburg, not to mention other cities. For example, our game with CSKA was attended by fewer people than a basketball game CSKA - Zalgiris. And the difference was enormous, three thousand spectators less than watching "Gullivers". We had around six thousand, the basketball game almost ten.

Moscow: The Phoenix of the KHL?

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