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GM McPhee Talks Ovechkin And Hunter

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Late in the interview, McPhee said Ovechkin is close to “being a 50-goal guy again. You know what, every athlete has a stretch in their career where the year isn’t as good as the other years. You can’t have a great year every year, and not many do. He was off a little bit last year. I like the way he’s going right now.”

“His commitment to the game, you have no questions about?” Czaban asked.

“Um, well, it’s a lot better than it was,” McPhee answered. “He’s in terrific shape right now. And guys do different things in the summer. Ovi’s usually gotten by by just being a great athlete. Show up and play. And we’ve talked to him, that doesn’t happen in this league. At some point it has to kick in, you have to train, and he’s at 224 right now. And he hasn’t been at 224 in a few years.”

So McPhee was then asked about Ovechkin’s previous weight.

“I think the progression in his weights, he came in 218, 224, 232, 237, 242,” McPhee said, which doesn’t exactly reflect the team’s prior reports. “He played at 242 once, and he got suspended for hitting a few people.


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Evilpens's avatar

yep Being Roidless can make you lose Muscle Mass & therefore Weight

Posted by Evilpens on 03/01/12 at 07:43 PM ET


I am shocked to see an inappropriate and baseless comment from Evilpens on a story discussing the Capitals.  This has never happened before!

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 03/01/12 at 08:04 PM ET


Damn 242lbs unless he’s mason Ryan..that’s fat

Posted by jt on 03/01/12 at 09:00 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Um, well, it’s a lot better than it was

This must be absolutely horrifying for Caps fans.  They’re hopefully squeezing on to the eight seed right now in the league’s worst division and the most soothing thing the GM can say about his work ethic is akin to “at least it’s not as bad as it used to be.”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/01/12 at 09:08 PM ET

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