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The Capitals' NHLPA representative will reportedly sign with Kloten of Switzerland's National Hockey League A.

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Adam Oates will co-coach AHL's Hershey Bears

With the NHL currently in a lockout, the Washington Capitals have announced head coach Adam Oates will "co-coach" the Hershey Bears, Washington's AHL affiliate


Time to talk for NHL, NHLPA

While the early days of the NHL lockout have been largely unproductive and filled with bravado, it's about time for both sides to get serious or face serious consequences.


Brooks Laich signs abroad for lockout

Capitals forward and NHLPA representative signs to play abroad.


NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin Threatens To Stay In KHL 'If Salaries Get Slashed,' No One Believes Him

Alex Ovechkin officially signed with Dynamo Moscow Wednesday and almost immediately made a vague threat to stay in Russia if player salaries get cut as the result of an ongoing NHL lockout.

"As to the future, it will depend on what kind of conditions there will be in the NHL with the new CBA," Ovechkin said. "If our contracts get slashed, I will have to think whether to return there or not. I won't rule out staying in the KHL, even past this season."

Since the lockout is still in its early days, Ovechkin has apparently embraced the brinksmanship mode of communication popularized by both sides of the dispute.

Katie Carrera of the Post lays out Ovechkin's predicament nicely.

If Ovechkin were to stay in Russia whenever the NHL resumes, he would be in violation of his contract with the Capitals, which runs through the 2020-21 season. The breach of contract would also go against the agreement between the NHL and KHL about honoring each other's player contracts, would bring sanctions from the IIHF and likely lead to the NHL saying its players can't participate in the Olympics.

The 2014 Winter Olympics, for the record, will be held in Sochii, Russia, and the prospects of Ovechkin putting his chance to play for an Olympic gold on Mother Russia's soil are, to put it mildly, unlikely.

It's only Day 4, folks. There's much more stuff like this to come.

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NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin To Sign With KHL's Dynamo Moscow, According To Report

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has signed with Dynamo Moscow of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Sport-Express' Slava Malamud is reporting via Twitter. Ovechkin's move comes almost two weeks after he told the Washington media his plans of playing in Russia if the NHL and players union did not agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Ovechkin, 27, played for Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Dynamo Moscow was also Ovechkin's first professional hockey team which he first began playing for at the age of 16.

On Monday, Ovechkin told Sovetsky Sport that he believes the NHL lockout could wipe out the entire NHL season and he planned on playing in Russia if that happens.

"If the League [NHL] continues to insist on their [demands], then it will take a full year," Ovechkin told Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport as translated by Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov. "That’s because we are not going to cave in. Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It’s an absolute reality."

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NHL Lockout 2012: The Die Is Cast On Hockey's Massive Gamble

Eight years ago, the NHL sacrificed a season to bring financial stability to the league. With the third lockout of Gary Bettman's reign, the league is putting those hard-won gains at risk.


NHL Lockout 2012: Brooks Laich Says Players 'Have To Fight This Time'

As several members of the Washington Capitals took part in an informal workout Friday afternoon at Kettler Iceplex, the atmosphere was not unlike that of a team's breakdown day at the end of the season.


NHL Lockout 2012: A Tale Of Two Lockouts

As with last year's NBA lockout, television may be the key to bringing the NHL's players and owners together.


NHL Lockout 2012: Gary Bettman Says No Season Without New Deal

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters Thursday afternoon that there will not be a 2012-13 NHL season without a new collective bargaining agreement in place, according to Matthew Cotts of CTVNews.ca. In a press conference following a two-hour meeting with the NHL's board of governors Bettman said that "We've had seven years of incredible competitive balance," according to Cotts. Bettman went on to say that "the game on the ice has never been better. But I'm not going to apologize for saying we need to adjust [the current system]."

Representatives of the NHLPA and the owners were in negotiations Wednesday, while at the same time the NHLPA held meetings with almost 300 players to discuss the state of the situation. Union head Donald Fehr says that the league is asking for a 17 percent cut in player salaries, and it doesn't sound as if the players are going to accept that anytime soon. Bettman stated that the offer will be on the table until 11:59 Saturday night, at which time the players will be locked out if a deal is not reached.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of the NHL labor situation, and for coverage across the National Hockey League head over to SB Nation's hockey hub.


NHL Lockout 2012: Capitals Star Alex Ovechkin Confirms Plans To Play In KHL

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed on Friday afternoon that if the NHL faces an extended lockout he will be playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15, and the promise from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that the players will be locked out without a new one in place, the question of 'if' there will be a lockout has slowly started to become 'how long' will there be a lockout.

Via CSN Washington:

"We'll see what's going to happen," Ovechkin said following an informal practice with teammates at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. "No one wants to be in a lockout but if [there is] I'm going to play in the KHL. It's not a surprise. I will go."

Ovechkin has spent the last two weeks skating with teammates and has added nine pounds to his 232-pound frame.

Read more on the Capitals at Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC.


After Labor Day Holiday, NHL Labor War Approaches

In a normal NHL year, the passing of the Labor Day holiday would usually mean that training camps were just around the corner. This year, however, is far from normal.


NHL Lockout 2012: Michal Neuvirth Says He Could Play In Europe In Event Of Work Stoppage

If a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by the NHL and its players and a lockout occurs, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth might take his talents to Europe. That's what the backup recently told the Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

Neuvirth's decision is not official, but the 24-year-old said he does have options if the league and its player continue to stalemate on a new deal.

"Obviously, I have a plan B," Neuvirth said after an on-ice workout at KCI Thursday. "I got a few offers from Europe but I haven’t decided. I still want to play here the whole season."

Neuvirth admitted waiting around for something to happen is difficult.

"It’s a tough situation and we all don’t know what to do," Neuvirth said. "We’ve got to wait, and like I said to the teams I’ve talked to, I’m going to wait to the 15th then I’m going to decide what I’m going to do."

Last season, Neuvirth played in 38 games for the Capitals, compiling a 13-13 record with a 2.82 goals against average.

Read more on the Capitals at Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC.

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