Alexander Ovechkin Hints NHLPA Wants to Close a Deal

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Alexander Ovechkin took to Twitter today to perhaps hint that the NHLPA wants to close a deal with the owners. The only issue here is he states that the league isn't budging from their most recent offer.

Here is his tweet:

Guys want meet anytime and try to make a deal !! They just say take last deal or no meeting!! #NHLPA #dowhatwehavetodo.

— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) December 20, 2012

What I take from what he said is that the league doesn't want to meet with the players if they aren't going to accept the owners' latest proposal.

It was only the fourth time Ovechkin expressed anything on Twitter since calling the owners "clowns" back in early November.

Ovechkin's comment pretty much implies that this is a take-it or leave-it scenario from the owners. 

It's hard to tell if the owners are trying to bluff the players again. Whatever they are trying to do is going up against a clock that is quickly ticking towards the season's doomsday. 

With how everything is going, it doesn't seem like we can have too much optimism as fans. I simply find it disturbing that they can't reach an agreement. 

Today the NHL announced games would be cancelled through January 14th. Up to this point, 625 games have been cancelled. That's more than half of the regular season games.

These guys are all millionaires, aside from the players with six-figure salaries. The work stoppage is a financial burden to stadium employees that depend on their evening jobs at the arena to bring home sufficient income to support their families.

It just doesn't add up. The fact that they aren't playing hockey right now is bothering me and many other fans. 

I find myself up watching re-runs on NHL Network of old playoff games from recent seasons. I also take to to watch EA Sports NHL 13 simulated season.

I shouldn't have to be doing this. I should be attending games wearing hockey sweaters and cheering on my team.

If Ovechkin says they want to make a deal, then get it done!

Let's get some puck going already!