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I have a feeling he'll play in the NHL for at least another 4 years. I have to assume he's gonna try and break Gretzky's record. He probably leaves the NHL when he's between the ages of 38-40 and then he plays for Dynamo until he's 42-44, similar to what Datsyuk is doing now. (Datsyuk is 42 and playing in the KHL on Tryamkin's team right now). This is all barring that he doesn't suffer some sort of career ending injury between now and then.

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1 hour ago, grandmaster said:

"It's not a question of money. It's a matter of principle," he said. "I played for only two teams - Dynamo and Washington."

class act. I like it when people think like that. I didn't like him when he was younger, but he matured a lot... not everybody does though.

 

45 minutes ago, Coconuts said:

Damn, there goes the dream of rebuilding the 2016-17 Washington Capitals in Vancouver

do you mean the 2017-18 Capitals? you know, when they actually won the cup... :P

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5 minutes ago, Coconuts said:

Schmidt wasn't on that team unfortunately, he was playing for the Knights 

 

God I'm still happy Washington put them down 

oh okay, you're absolutely right.

 

That was a good SCF though; I remember game 1 was really crazy back and forth, and also Holtby made an unbelievable save late in the following game I guess. To be honest though I kinda liked the cinderella story with Vegas, but at the same time I really wanted Ovi to win it finally. The only thing that bothered me was that stupid Kuznetsov celly, it was just so silly and unnecessary. But still, it was super fun for me, great hockey.

 

Haven't watched the last two finals.

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6 minutes ago, Rubik said:

oh okay, you're absolutely right.

 

That was a good SCF though; I remember game 1 was really crazy back and forth, and also Holtby made an unbelievable save late in the following game I guess. To be honest though I kinda liked the cinderella story with Vegas, but at the same time I really wanted Ovi to win it finally. The only thing that bothered me was that stupid Kuznetsov celly, it was just so silly and unnecessary. But still, it was super fun for me, great hockey.

 

Haven't watched the last two finals.

I was terrified of a first year team winning the cup when several fanbases who've watched their team for decades (including ours) have yet to win a single one. Ovi and Backstrom winning it was another part of it for sure, but not the biggest part. 

 

I watched some of the Blues, it was lovely seeing Boston lose again. I watched bits and pieces of this years, but not as much. 

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I was at the game in Vancouver 2010 Olympics where he crushed Jagr. I was in the lower bowl behind the Russian net and you could hear the "smack" when the collided. Hardest, cleanest hit I had ever seen live and it led to a goal but the hit was the best part of the sequence. Not to mention, Jagr is a beast and Ovi dropped him like nothing. Ovi is one of the greatest talents the game has ever seen and he has a mean streak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, grandmaster said:

He still has a good chance at beating Gretzky’s record. We are all lucky to see this guy play (I’m also lucky to have seen the Great One). 
 

Hope he breaks it. 
 

alexander ovechkin hockey GIF by NHL
 

Love this guy!

 

 

Well said.  Greatest goalscorer of all time already, and one of the games great personalities.  Huge fan.

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8 minutes ago, Drakrami said:

Even though I think Gretzky's record shouldn't be broken to wreck a legend unless it's by someone that's McDavid like. I like Ovechkin enough to wish him good luck. He was spectacular in his early years.

Gretzky himself says the record he's most proud of is 50 goals in 39 games. 

I think that would take an exceptional player to ever match or beat that. (If it can even happen in today's NHL). 

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12 minutes ago, Drakrami said:

Even though I think Gretzky's record shouldn't be broken to wreck a legend unless it's by someone that's McDavid like. I like Ovechkin enough to wish him good luck. He was spectacular in his early years.

What does this "someone that's McDavid like" mean? Do you mean it's OK for Canadians like McDavid to break the record but not for a Russian? If a Russian breaks the record, it's somehow wrecking a legend? lol

 

McDavid is nowhere near Ovi in terms of goal scoring. If anyone is going to break it, it might as well be Ovi because he is arguably the greatest goalscorer of all time. It's fitting that the greatest goal scorer in hockey owns the most goals record.

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56 minutes ago, Drakrami said:

Even though I think Gretzky's record shouldn't be broken to wreck a legend unless it's by someone that's McDavid like. I like Ovechkin enough to wish him good luck. He was spectacular in his early years.

Ovechkin>>>McDiver.  Ovechkin plays tougher, is more physical, is consistent as hell with insane durability for the style he brings, and is an actual leader in the room.  Plus he has a cup, which McNugget won't ever get until he goes to an actual NHL team and starts being a team player.

 

Ovechkin doesn't get nearly the respect he deserves.

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54 minutes ago, Drakrami said:

Even though I think Gretzky's record shouldn't be broken to wreck a legend unless it's by someone that's McDavid like. I like Ovechkin enough to wish him good luck. He was spectacular in his early years.

McDavid like? Gonna have to disagree with you there. There's no question that McDavid has talent, but he's nowhere near the pure goalscorer Ovi is and has been. 

 

McDavid's a helluva player, but he's a different player whereas Ovi's always been about goals. He's arguably the greatest goalscorer of all time regardless of whether he breaks Gretsky's record or not. 

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10 minutes ago, King Heffy said:

Ovechkin>>>McDiver.  Ovechkin plays tougher, is more physical, is consistent as hell with insane durability for the style he brings, and is an actual leader in the room.  Plus he has a cup, which McNugget won't ever get until he goes to an actual NHL team and starts being a team player.

Both phenomenal players. I would choose OV though.

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7 hours ago, Coconuts said:

Really though, if Covid ends up costing Ovi the goal scoring record it'll be a damn shame 

 

Between it and the lockout shortened season he's lost some goals 

129 games between 2005, 2012-13 and this season. Really makes you wonder where he’d be had those games been played. 

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