Capitals owner Leonsis ‘not concerned’ about Ovechkin’s contract status


Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he’s “not concerned” about captain Alex Ovechkin‘s contract status and his potential free agency in the off-season.

“I’m not concerned. He’s not concerned. Our concern is the Boston Bruins,” said Leonsis in a virtual press conference Friday, per The Washington Post‘s Samantha Pell.

“Alex has been around a long, long time and has a lot of trust and confidence in us and knows the most important thing right now is to focus on the playoffs.”

Ovechkin, 35, is in the final year of a 13-year, $124-million deal — the largest contract in NHL history — which he signed with the team in January 2008.

The nine-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner scored 24 goals and added 18 assists in 45 games this season.

Washington kicks off the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.

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