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Alex Ovechkin ready to play full season in Russia

Alex Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin doesn't have any problem playing a whole season in his native Russia (Alexander Nemenov, Getty Images)

As the NHL lockout continues and the sports biggest stars sign with foreign teams, one of the league's marquee names has made it known he may not be back anytime soon, according to tweets from Russian hockey reporter Pavel Lysenkov.

https://twitter.com/plysenkov/status/247744499810447360

https://twitter.com/plysenkov/status/247746184482013185

The lockout of NHL players began yesterday and little progress has been made since then, according to multiple reports. The lack of a functioning league has led many players to sign professional contracts with European clubs, just as many NBA players in that league's lockout that carried into the first quarter of the season.

However, none of those players have the star status or the influence of Ovechnkin, a five-time All-Star and two-time MVP of the NHL.

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