Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/20/11 at 09:48 PM ET
from Tari El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
NHL coaches don’t get canned for losing games. They get fired for losing touch with their team and repeatedly getting stonewalled by the team captain.
Signs of the disconnect between the two have been impossible to ignore:
*Boudreau moved Ovechkin to the wall on the power play. Ovechkin has said he feels more comfortable on the point.
*Boudreau and his coaching staff have repeatedly implored Ovechkin to change his strategy on the attack for more than a year. Go wide instead of cutting to the middle, they’ve told him. Use teammates instead of squeezing off low-percentage shots. Their words, though, have fallen on deaf ears.
*Boudreau and his staff have begged Ovechkin to be more responsible in the defensive end, yet he still routinely floats in Washington’s zone and leaves it prematurely. Through the season’s first 18 games, he has a team-worst plus-minus rating of minus-6.
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