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.