In which season will Ovechkin break Gretzky’s record? There is still time and energy!
Danil Moiseev June 12, 2023, 09:00 Moscow time
Three more years until the end of the contract.
Alexander Ovechkin extended his contract with Washington through 2026 in 2021. The most important thing in this contract was not money, but the Caps’ desire to keep the main contender for Gretzky’s record.
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At the time, Alexander had 730 goals in his piggy bank, but even then Wayne’s record (894 goals) haunted him. The Russian only needed to score 33 goals in each subsequent season, but he did many more.
The 2020/2021 season did not work out, only 26 goals. However, then there was a coronavirus lockdown, and the season just didn’t end. But the 2021/2022 season turned out to be much more productive: 51 goals. Alexander scored 42 goals last season. On account of the 822 abandoned washing machines of him. There are 72 goals left before the record and three years on the contract.
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After winning the 2018 Stanley Cup, the Capitals did not advance past the first round. But it is noticeable that the club began to pay more attention to Alexander’s goals. The whole team is focused on the captain breaking Gretzky’s record. However, Ovechkin has already surpassed one Canadian achievement: in the number of seasons with more than 40 goals. He has 13 such episodes, while the great Wayne has 12.
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In the 2023/2024 season, the Capitals will have a new coach, Spencer Carbury, who knows the captain. He noted that his main job will be to put Alexander in situations where he can successfully prove himself. However, there are small questions for the club.
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Washington’s rebuild brings problems, but without it there will be no growth. Alexander has already won the Stanley Cup and broken one of Gretzky’s records, but he has one more thing to finish. However, it should be noted that at the end of the contract, Ovi will be 40 years old.
The years also take their toll, although the Russian has no motivation, but in the last championship he was absent many times due to injuries. Will this be an obstacle in the future? If the captain manages to hold the bar for two more 40-plus seasons, he’ll be able to break the record long before he’s out of contract.
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Some sources thought Washington might trade Ovechkin if it was difficult to break the club record. In this case, you have to go for it, finding the perfect place for him to score more. However, this is almost impossible. It will be much better for Alexander to extend his contract for one more year if he doesn’t have time to break the record in time.
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We believe that Ovechkin will come back even stronger and will be able to break Gretzky’s record in the next two seasons. With frequent injuries and problems, Alexander scored 42 goals in the previous season; this is already an indicator.
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