Capitals GM MacLellan says no update on Ovechkin contract but ‘we’ll get it done’

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Capitals GM: No update on Ovechkin contract but ‘we’ll get it done’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Alex Ovechkin, for the first time since the 2007-08 season, is playing without a guaranteed future in Washington. 

With just 30 guaranteed games left before his massive 13-year, $124 million contract expires, that’s certainly a wrinkle in the team’s plans moving forward. General manager Brian MacLellan, though, isn’t much concerned just yet, even though he had no news to share at a midseason press conference with reporters on Friday. 

“I don’t really have an update,” MacLellan said. “It’s the same as it’s been all year. We want him to finish his career here and I think he wants to finish his career here and at some point we’ll get it done.”

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Ovechkin has nine goals and 10 assists this season in 22 games and has 715 career goals, two away from Phil Esposito’s mark for sixth in scoring all-time. He’s the most important player in franchise history 

Ovechkin, 35, will be on a Capitals team strapped for cash over the next few seasons. Jakub Vrana’s contract is up at season’s end and the Capitals might be faced with some tough decisions moving forward on the roster. 

MacLellan, when asked about the global pandemic keeping things at bay in negotiations, declined to say that was the reason. 

“We’ve just to find a sweet spot that we agree on,” MacLellan said.