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Friday, July 15, 2005

nhl- Ovechkin decision Soon

from the Washington Post (reg. req.), But whether those fans will see Ovechkin in a Capitals uniform this season remains unclear. Signing Ovechkin, the team's No. 1 overall draft pick last year, is the club's top priority, but the 19-year-old left wing has complicated matters by agreeing to a deal to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League next season.
Ovechkin's agent, Don Meehan, said Thursday his client has until Wednesday to back out of that contract and sign with the Capitals, and that his decision is not contingent on the NHL having a completed collective bargaining agreement by that date. However, Meehan said he would need to know the precise language of the CBA before he would advise Ovechkin to void his Russian more, mostly about the state of the Caps.