Ted Leonsis was on "The Mike Wise Show" on 106.7 The Fan and said that Alex Ovechkin called him before heading to Bratislava. Ovechkin apologized for his performance, admitted that his pre-season training didn't work out as in previous seasons and "pledged to change his training regiment", reports Mike Prada, the senior editor of SB Nation D.C.
Ted Leonsis via Capitals Insider:
Alex on his way to the airport called me and said, "I’m just calling to thank you for what you’re doing for us and I apologize. What I’m doing isn’t working. I have this offseason and I’ll try a different training regiment and I hope to come in in better shape and do better. I’m going to watch a lot of film and I don’t like this feeling. I think we’re better than our playoff performance is."
Well, it would be very interesting who Ovechkin will choose to work with this summer on his fitness. Next season he will be 26 years old and it will be probably the last season when he could beat his own scoring record of 65 goals in 2007-08 season.
Most goals scored in one NHL season:
Hull 90/91 - 86 goals age 26 Fedorov 93/94 - 56 goals age 24 Yzerman 88/89 - 65 goals age 23 Lemieux 88/89 - 85 goals age 23 Selanne 92/93 - 76 goals age 22 Lindros 95/96 - 47 goals age 22 Bure 93/94 - 60 goals age 22 Gretzky 81/82 - 92 goals age 20
As you can see in this list Hull was the oldest player at the age of 26 to set his personal record of 86 goals in one season.