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by Paul on 11/28/11 at 06:49 PM ET
from Mike Milbury of CBC,
Chalk one up for the bad guys. Bruce Boudreau had no chance after he benched Ovechkin in the waning minutes of a recent game and the “Great 8” muttered an unflattering description of his coach. The clock began to tick for Boudreau at that moment and his team’s recent poor play made it easy for GM George McPhee to fire the coach on Monday.
Boudreau’s failing might have been in waiting too long to try to break the talented but undisciplined star. God bless him, he did try in the end, and it did him in. Whatever blame falls on the coach pales in comparison to the responsibility Ovechkin must shoulder. (I will not bother to talk Semin here. He is a lazy, overpaid talent not worthy of the time). It is time for the brilliant but playoff-challenged Ovie to grow up.
When the Caps signed Ovechkin to a ludicrously long-term contract, I am sure they expected that he would mature. He has not.
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