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Has It All Been One Big Tease?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Life is all about expectations and in the case of Alexander Ovechkin, he’s not meeting them and he’s certainly not exceeding them.

Whatever it is we thought Ovechkin would become, whatever it is he teased us with, it hasn’t happened away from the commercial world. It hasn’t happened where it’s mattered most, on the ice, in games, where he gets the opportunity to strut his stuff.

This was supposed to be a 1 and 1a gathering of stars in the National Hockey League. That’s been the sell. Turn on one commercial and you see Sidney Crosby. Turn on the other, and there’s Ovechkin. Only one problem in Ovechkin’s situation. The guy doing adds from Mr. Big isn’t playing like Mr. Big.

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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Ouch!  Don’t really disagree, but ouch.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 11/18/11 at 08:18 PM ET

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Has it all been one infantile marketing campaign?
Seriously, there’s 700 some-odd players in the league; we didn’t have chose the “teenbeat” marketing scheme…....turning a power-forward into a jet-setting heartthrob (what do you think his favorite colour is?)
Backstrom has always been ten times the player….since it is actually a team sport and not a skills competition.
So yeah, Steve, you have been teasing yourself with this Ovechkin/Crosby shit.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 11/18/11 at 08:30 PM ET

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I think Ovechkin is to blame a bit, and so are the Caps for quite frankly trying to change him.

I also think the dirty little secret of the league is that the obstruction and interference have ever so slooowwwllllyy been creeping back into the game again.  You see it in every single game now again and it goes without being called half the time or more.  The Zero Tolerance for it is long gone.

And I think it’s affected the top-tier players most of all.

So it’s a combination of things.

But don’t hate on Ovechkin.  At least he’s playing…

Posted by Primis on 11/18/11 at 10:27 PM ET

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You see it in every single game now again and it goes without being called half the time or more.  The Zero Tolerance for it is long gone.

I agree, the life is slowly getting squeezed back out of the game.  The Tampa Trapfest with Philly proved what is happening. The non skating slugs, have no hope with a wide open game. It is cheaper to find these type players and so the game is dragged to the lowest common denominator.  The defensive game apologist will argue this is true hockey, and in the mean time we lose the skills of a true star like Ovechkin.

Posted by timbits on 11/18/11 at 10:38 PM ET

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This has nothing to do with trapping, it has everything to do with Ovechkin just biding his time. He’s guaranteed to get paid for another decade. Bruce Boudreau is probably gone before next season starts. Caps bring in a head coach with a system that plays to Ovechkin’s strengths, like Boudreau used to, and this guy starts scoring 60 goals again.

Posted by tj77 from USA on 11/19/11 at 02:27 AM ET

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