Alexander Ovechkin stated on Radio Sport today that quite a few players on the Russian National Team pay money to someone to be on the team. He didn’t elaborate to whom that money is paid.  “Right now in Russia, money decides everything,” and when asked about the future of sports in Russia, Ovechkin responded, “you walk by a school and see young people with beer, cigarettes, they’re not interested in sports.”

Sounds a lot like Newark…what? Come on, that was funny.

Our special thanks to Dmitry Chesnokov for breaking this news.