NHL News: Alex Ovechkin not worried about contract, and Rangers speak to Gerard Gallant with more interviews coming

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Mar 3, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) squirts a bottle before their game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Ovechkin isn’t worried about his next contract, his focus in on the Boston Bruins. The Capitals will take on the Boys from Beantown tomorrow night to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s all about the Cup for Washington’s captain from here on out.

Alex Ovechkin not worried about contract

“I’m not worried about it,” Ovechkin said via NHL.com about his next deal. “Why do I have to worry about it?” The rumor mill has the Caps reserving anywhere from $8 to $11 million depending on how much term Alex is seeking. Bottom line is this will get done as TSN did not even bother to mention him on their top UFA list this summer.

“Alex has been around a long, long time and has a lot of trust and confidence in us and knows the most important thing right now is to focus on the playoffs, and that’s where we are,” Leonsis said. “And I’m not concerned. He’s not concerned. Our concern is the Boston Bruins.”

Ted Leonsis, Capitals Owner

Rangers speak with Gerard Gallant, more candidates to be interviewed

According to Larry Brooks, Drury and Gerard Gallant have spoken as the coach will head out to coach Team Canada in Lativa at the World Championships. Yesterday we wrote that an interview was coming quickly based off reports from Darren Dreger.

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Nov 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant argues a call during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“The New York Rangers have been granted permission by the Vegas Golden Knights to interview Gerard Gallant,” Dreger said. “So clearly he is one of the top candidates in the process that has been started by Chris Drury.”

“The timing has more to do with the travel plans for Gallant,” Dreger explained. “He is on his way to Latvia this weekend. So the New York Rangers would at least want to spend some time, and have at least one conversation with Gerard Gallant before he begins taking on the responsibility of running Canada at the World Men’s Hockey Championship.”

Pierre LeBrun tweeted out that the interview went well and that 3-4 more candidates will be spoken to.