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by Paul on 03/05/12 at 05:40 PM ET
from Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Post columnist Thomas Boswell was asked during today’s lengthy live Q&A what he thinks of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin’s apparent “‘Good 8’ holding pattern,” as one reader put it — no longer great, not developing or adjusting.
His answer follows, and you can read the rest of the chat here.
I assume the Great Eight is gone and the good-to-very-good Ovechkin will be around a long time. Will he be good or very good?
His point-per-game totals, starting with his rookie year: 1.31, 1.12, 1.37, 1.39, 1.51, 1.08 and an awful (for him) 0.80 so far this year. He’s on a pace for 62 points. His points progression the last five years is: 112, 110, 109, 85 and now a pace for 62.
That’s just as distressing as it looks.
His body has always taken a beating. He lived very hard for several years. I assume that’s improved. The fact that GMGM would mention his weight — and give his past weights last week — is a sign that the Caps have been concerned about his conditioning at other times. Yes, the league has figured out some of his favorite moves, especially when he’s flying up the left wing.
I’ve been a fan of AO since he entered the league but also saw all the classic warning signs too.
The commercials, the rock-star status, the huge contract, all came too quickly and has built him up to be super-human.
Well he isn’t and now only Ovechkin can change that.
No more words, action is needed now and this may not come to a head until next season.
His off-season routine will be under the microscope and if I were him, I’d be calling Gary Roberts instead of a Russian rap artist.
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