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So What’s Wrong With Ovechkin?

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Leonsis said Ovechkin was concerned about the transition between the KHL rinks back to the NHL ice after the lockout ended. Ovechkin had 40 points in 31 games for Dynamo.

“They have bigger ice. And when I saw Alex for those six days [of training camp], I mostly talked to him about his engagement, but I asked him what his biggest concern was and he said, ‘The KHL is different; the big ice to the smaller ice, I’m going to have to get adapted to, because you don’t have room to operate,’” said Leonsis.

So what’s wrong with the player that Leonsis has signed through 2021 and is scheduled to make $79 million over the next eight seasons?

“You know, he gets double-teamed all the time. He has to keep moving. That’s the one thing I’ve noticed when he doesn’t have a good game – he seems to be more stationary,” said Leonsis.

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awould's avatar

That argument is pretty weak, especially when you look at what Damien Brunner has done. Maybe someday Ovechkin will have to start carrying his own water.

Posted by awould on 01/30/13 at 06:41 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

According to Don Cherry, he’s russian.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/30/13 at 07:29 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

I think most players in the NHL caught up to his one-dimensional game. they know exactly how to defend against him.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/30/13 at 08:40 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I think most players in the NHL caught up to his one-dimensional game. they know exactly how to defend against him.

Bingo.
“Rush down left-wing, cut inside, use dman as screen, shoot puck through legs” Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Ovechkin would be just as one-dimensional and useless if the NHL had Olympic sized pads.
BUT, I do think the NHL needs to look into making the ice bigger.
It’s still going to be a North-South game, so no worries there, but I think this would help with concussions and give wingers an extra second coming out of the corner and creating space near the slot.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/30/13 at 08:54 PM ET

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Ovie has things on his mind other than hockey.

Posted by timbits on 01/31/13 at 12:39 AM ET

pensfan29's avatar

All the things people said would happen to him, have happened. No one believed it

Posted by pensfan29 on 01/31/13 at 01:54 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Also I think the argument about the adjustment to the smaller ice is false, don’t forget this guy came in 2005 and finished 3rd overall in scoring, 3rd in goals, 1st among rookies, outperforming Crosby who was used to the smaller ice surface. His issues are related to the organization he is playing for. It’s the coaches job to develop a player’s game. In this regard the Capitals have failed.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/31/13 at 07:59 AM ET

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