Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 5 Days

Head coach Barry Trotz is "leaning towards" having Ovechkin start the season at his former position of LW, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

Trotz had indicated previously during the summer that he would keep Ovechkin at RW to start the season off, but Prewitt speculates that something may have changed over the summer or that Trotz, like his predecessor, plans to move Ovechkin between both wings. The flexibility should help Ovechkin keep his place as one of the league's top goal scorers, and this should do nothing to adversely affect his fantasy appeal.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 1 Month

Ovechkin was involved in a minor car accident in Russia on Monday, Russian Machine Never Breaks reports.

It was a minor incident, so no worries -- Ovi didn't aggravate his knee injury or suffer any new ones. The NHL's reigning goal-scoring king is healthy and seems ready to defend his title under new head coach Barry Trotz.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 1 Month

Alexander Radulov, who had a roller coaster relationship with current Capitals head coach Barry Trotz praised his former bench boss, Joe Yerdon of NBC Sports reports.

The statement is a bit of a surprise considering Radulov's rocky conclusion to his NHL career when he served under Barry Trotz in Nashville. While it's just one man's opinion, the fact that an enigmatic, offensive wizard like Radulov respects Trotz bodes well for Ovechkin's transition to the former Predators coach, as Ovechkin is committed to doing what it takes to bring a Stanley Cup to DC. Although there may be some growing pains, the chances that Ovechkin becomes a moody, disgruntled, and ineffective player should decline with this revelation. A perennial Rocket Richard candidate and fantasy stud, this insight should give you all the more reason not to be scared by Trotz's arrival in DC when it comes to taking Ovechkin in your fantasy league.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 2 Months

Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] - that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team - it's a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team- maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 3 Months

Coach Barry Trotz said that Alex Ovechkin will need less 'glide' in his game next season.

Trotz also said that Ovechkin will start the season on the right wing. "Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz said. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you're standing still you're really easy to cover. I was just talking to Alex and said we gotta get a little more space for you. Sometimes that's coming back [into the defensive zone] and getting the puck in a good position. Sometimes when you're standing still you think you're in a position where if I get the puck I'll score. But you're easier to cover and we talked about that. That's a process." Ovechkin seems to be interested in improving so look out for him next season.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to develop a trusting relationship with Alex Ovechkin.

"It starts with the relationship," Trotz said. "I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him, because there's no trust. To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game. I don't know Alex as well. I know going against him, what he does well. But I need to know Alex the person." He wants to sit down with Ovechkin soon to go over how he wants the Capitals' captain to play and what role he'll have in the system. Trotz never had a 40-goal scorer in Nashville and former bench boss Adam Oates helped Ovechkin register an NHL-best 51 goals last season after he switched him to a right winger. Trotz is expected to try to assist Ovechkin in becoming better in his own end.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

The Washington Capitals said on Sunday that Alex Ovechkin (knee) only needs rest and should be healthy for the start of training camp.

Ovechkin was injured eight days ago at the World Championships in Belarus and while he missed one game and wore a brace during the playoffs, he will not require surgery. Ovechkin captained the Russians to victory as they won the Worlds for the second time in the last three seasons.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin's knee still isn't 100 percent healthy, but he's got one game left to play in at the World Hockey Championship.

"I had a new knee brace and felt much better," Ovechkin said after Saturday's semifinal win over Sweden. "I can't say I'm 100 percent fit but the situation is that one must be ready for anything. We have one game left and we must do everything to make sure we win." He earned an assist in Russia's 3-1 victory in his second game back after a one-game absence. Russia will play Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin skated with a brace on his knee during the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championship.

"Of course it was a bit awkward to skate in the brace," said Ovechkin. "But I think I'll play without it the next game and everything will be okay. I wasn't risking anything, I knew the brace would protect me in case of a collision. That's what happened in the first period and I immediately knew that the leg is reacting well. I was about 90 percent ready. And I didn't take any pain killers at all." He didn't record a point in Russia's 3-0 win against France and was rested during the third period.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is in the lineup for Russia's quarterfinal contest against France.

He sat out one game at the World Hockey Championship with a knee injury, which evidently looked much worse than it was. Ovechkin is wearing the "C" as the team's captain in the contest. He has three goals and six assists in six games at the tournament.