Alex Ovechkin is returning to his former Russian team Dynamo Moscow during the NHL lockout.
The KHL team said in a statement Wednesday that it has signed the Washington Capitals star to a contract that lasts until the lockout ends. It said Ovechkin has undergone medical exams and has already participated in training. It did not disclose the financial terms of his contract.
Ovechkin joined the Capitals in 2005 and was the NHL's MVP in 2008 and 2009.
He is the latest Russian star to return home during the lockout. Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins has signed a deal with his former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk. He was joined by Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar, and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Wednesday marked Day 4 of the work stoppage. Ovechkin had told Sovetsky Sport, a Russian daily newspaper, that he thinks the lockout may last an entire year.
"If the league (NHL) continues to insist on their (demands), then it will take a full year. That's because we are not going to cave in," Ovechkin said, according to the newspaper. "Then I will spend the entire season in the KHL. It's an absolute reality."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.