Ovechkin: 'There will always be critics'
Washington Capitals captain chats in his native Russian on Malkin, Putin, offseason
This story appears in the Dec. 12, 2011, "Interview Issue" of ESPN The Magazine.
Editor's note: This interview was translated from Russian and conducted prior to the firing of Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and the return of Sidney Crosby.
ESPN: I know you speak English very well. But I'd like to ask you questions in Russian.
Alex Ovechkin: Oh. (Sighs) Excellent.
ESPN: Have you ever thought about playing in the KHL?
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ESPN The Magazine: December 12, 2011