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Posted: Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:23AM ; Updated: Wednesday September 19, 2012 9:05PM

Alex Ovechkin to play in KHL during NHL lockout

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has signed with Dynamo Moscow

The KHL team says Ovechkin's contract will last until the NHL lockout is over

Ovechkin passed medical exams and is already participating in training

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Alex Ovechkin will play in the KHL during the NHL llockout
Alex Ovechkin, who played for Russia at the 2012 World Championships, has vowed to not return to the NHL if player salaries are cut.
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MOSCOW (AP) -- Alexander 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. Evgeny 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.

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