Caps GM says he wants Ovechkin to finish career in D.C.: 'He's defined our organization'

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Caps GM: We want Ovi to finish career in D.C. originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

On Monday, Alex Ovechkin made it clear he did not want to play for any other NHL team other than Washington. On Tuesday, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan echoed that sentiment. 

"We want Ovi, the ownership wants Ovi to finish his career here, everybody wants him to finish his career," MacLellan said. "He's saying the same thing, I think we'll get it worked out in the end."

Re-signing Ovechkin has taken longer than most anticipated considering both sides have seemingly been on the same page about wanting him to play out his career with the team since Ovechkin was eligible to sign an extension last offseason. Now he has played out the final year of his contract and remains unsigned.

But MacLellan made clear the team's only focus as talks move forward would be giving Ovechkin whatever type of contract he needs to feel comfortable in the last years of his career.

"We're flexible. We want him to finish," MacLellan said. "We want him to be happy about this contract. We want him to finish his career here. He's defined our organization, so it's important for us for him to feel comfortable with what he's doing, for him to feel comfortable with the contract, for the direction of the team. We don't want to end the relationship I guess is the point. We want him to go out the way he wants to go out."

Ovechkin's contract comes at a time when seemingly more and more superstars are choosing to play out their careers with unfamiliar franchises. Even the Caps signed Zdeno Chara way from the Boston Bruins for the 2021 season.

Whether he was being tongue-in-cheek in the context or serious, MacLellan made clear he does not want Ovechkin to take a similar route.

"I never like watching guys go to another team in another sport," MacLellan said. "I don't like watching Brady in Tampa. I want him to finish up in New England. I don't like [Wayne Gretzky] in New York. I would've rather had him finish in Edmonton. I just think it's an important thing for the franchise. The relationship between ownership, the franchise and Ovi to have him finish here.

"No matter what effect it's going to have, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be positive to have him finish here."