Alex Ovechkin has laced up his skates for 1152 regular season game over his 15-year career, all with the Capitals. Entering the final year of his 13-year, $124 million contract, Ovechkin has no plans to depart the Capitals for the remainder of his career.
Despite being 35 years old, Ovechkin continues to be a top scorer in the league. In fact, his 48 goals this season tied David Pastrnak for most in the league and has led the league in goals scored nine times. With over 700 goals to his credit, Ovechkin is just the eighth player in NHL history to surpass that mark.
Still at or near the top of his game, retiring is the furthest thing from Ovechkin’s mind. With a few more seasons in the league likely, Ovechkin has the chance to tie of surpass Wayne Gretzky’s mark of nine seasons with at least 50 goals. At 188 goals behind Gretzky for most all-time, that mark is likely a longshot to surpass.
A three-time Hart Trophy winner for league MVP and three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner as league’s outstanding player, Ovechkin would love to finish his career with Dynamo. A team in the Russian Super League, Dynamo was the first team Ovechkin played, joining when he was 16 years old during the 2001-2003 season.
Ovechkin made is very clear that he doesn’t want to head back to Russia anytime soon, however. The timetable, he gives himself, is from two to five years then go off into the sunset with the Dynamo Moscow, likely scoring the winning goal in his final game.