KHL Sets Its Sights on Alexander Ovechkin and Other Top NHL Talent

September 9th, 2013 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Kontinental Hockey League, by most accounts the second-best league in the world, has its sights set on becoming the best. Central to that pursuit is the desire to bring home the top European exports to North America, and to that end one ambitious team has squarely targeted Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin.

The team is Dynamo Moscow. General director Andrey Safronov was quoted by Russia’s ITAR-TASS as saying that the team was interested in luring Ovechkin away from Washington. This translation via Fedor Fedin of the blog Russian Machine Never Breaks:

Ovechkin has a current contract with the Capitals. Can we try to pull him out? We’ll talk, we’ll look at each other and will have some result. Right now all Russian national team players want to come back to their homeland. KHL shows its force and credibility. And finances are important too. Taking taxes in account, playing in Russia has become way more attractive for players.

Asked to elaborate on those comments by Sports Express, Safronov re-emphasized the financial appeals of playing in Russia and said that while it would be impossible t ...

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