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article imageNHL Trade Rumors: Alex Ovechkin to Winnipeg Jets?

By Larry Seely     May 19, 2016 in Sports
Winnipeg - After cruising through the NHL regular season with 120 points, the Washington Capitals and their fans are shocked as their team has been knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and scratching their heads on just what went wrong.
After being second in the league in goals scored, the team managed just 15 in their six-game series loss to Pittsburgh and that has led to rumors of several potential moves over the off-season, including the possibility of trading star winger Alex Ovechkin.
The veteran is owed over $9 million on his contract next season and finding a team that will take on such a big money deal, but also have the resources to make such a trade, would be difficult.
One team that fits this scenario is Winnipeg as the Jets have plenty of space under the salary cap, have a big need for additional scoring, and have a number of young prospects, including the second overall pick in this summers NHL Draft, all good reasons to speculate on this franchise being the one to pull off a blockbuster deal.
ESPN initially reported on this move with Rob Vollman believing the time is now for Ovechkin to finish his career with another franchise. The potential trade would help alleviate some big money from the teams salary structure, plus adding some young talent would help with future success.
The Jets on the other hand need some star power. Adding the 30-year-old would be great publicity for the team and the league as the teams in Canada struggled this season.
Ovechkin has nearly 1,000 points in his career, which spans 11 years in Washington and that type of production would but fans in the seats and create a buzz in the city.
Of course all this is just speculation and it would take a big offer to pry the veteran winger from the Capitals, but the second overall pick in June, along with another two or three players, might be just whats needed for this to become factual.
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