Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/21/10 at 07:41 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the end, whether a player is “good” with the media, or cantankerous and sullen, only matters to, well, the media.
And having carved Alex Ovechkin for having been more the latter at various times, we admit to taking some small satisfaction from the flameout of Ovechkin’s Russian squad at the 2010 Olympics and again at the World Championships later in the spring.
But lately, we’ve been wondering if that was just us being small.
And we’ve been similarly wondering if maybe we are hypercritical of Ovechkin because, well, he’s an easy target. He’s Russian. He’s sometimes flippant (as he was in the playoffs, making fun of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak). And because he hasn’t had the success of, say, a Sidney Crosby, it makes it easier to pile on.
“He’s outspoken, too,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suggested in an interview Tuesday. “So that makes him an easier target because people want to prove everything that he says wrong.”
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