From an interview on ESPN.com:
Q: With Mario and Stevie Y gone, who do you see as the face of the NHL right now?
A: I think with a couple of English lessons, I would like to see it be [Alexander] Ovechkin. I think he is the most exciting player in the league. That's what we need, someone who brings excitement to the game. At this point, I don't think a Peyton Manning-type guy is going to work. The game needs somebody as good as Peyton Manning, but with a personality like Ovechkin, and that's what he has. He's dynamic both on and off the ice.