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Russian Coach “Will Think About” Moving Ovechkin To Defense

from Mike Brophy of CBC,

None of Russia’s big guns – Alexander Ovechkin, Engeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk – produced any big games. Malkin had a goal and three points, Ovechkin a goal and two points and Kovalchuk just one goal in the three games.

Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaltetinov said he is even considering playing Ovechkin on defence in an effort to get him going.

“I will think about it,” Bilyaltetinov said. “There is no doubt that we want to score more goals because we have high-quality players who can play in different positions. We might look into a change or two, but there will not be any major changes.”

a bit more on Russia and a look and basically a recap of Sweden, USA and Canada in the preliminary round...

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RockWestfall711's avatar

Move over Bobby Orr!  What a joke, absolutely hilarious!

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 02/16/14 at 07:34 PM ET

awould's avatar

Sign things are going badly? The words “Ovechkin” and “Defense” in the same thought.

Posted by awould on 02/16/14 at 07:52 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Interviewing the Russian coach at the bar again ?

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/16/14 at 09:07 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Sergei Fedorov, he is not.

Honestly, I would consider splitting up Malkin and Ovechkin. Both of them have a “bull in a china shop” quality to them that is very difficult to stop, and I think having two lines with one of those guys could be quite helpful. I get the feeling that the combination of Datsyuk with Ovechkin could be killer.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 02/16/14 at 09:12 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

I get the feeling that the combination of Datsyuk with Ovechkin could be killer.

If I were Pav I’d want to skate with Semin—cause he’s smart—and maybe that young beast Nichuskin (sp?).

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/16/14 at 09:17 PM ET


“We might look into a change or two, but there will not be any major changes.”

Ovi to D…. Look up panic in the dictionary - verb: to put Ovechkin on defense.

Posted by brians neck on 02/16/14 at 09:27 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

The Russians should have Radulov playing defense.  Someplace else.  Has that guy ever been anything other than a selfish liability?

Posted by Savage Henry on 02/16/14 at 10:20 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I feel like a healthy Datsyuk would’ve been playing with Ov over Malkin.  It seems like Ovechkin would fit better with a guy like Pav who gels so well with skilled wingers (not that Kovalchuk is a huge downgrade in the “feeding one-timers to” category) whereas Malkin is a different player; more of a force of nature type that would do better with wingers who deferred to him, if that makes sense.  A Holmstrom type get the puck back and shovel it off to your center would make Malkin happier than a shooter, I would imagine.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/17/14 at 12:27 AM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

This is the same coach who said that Radulov wouldn’t dress for their game against Slovakia. And he did…

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 02/17/14 at 02:31 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/16/14 at 11:28 PM ET

Actually Datsyuk and Semin played very, very well for CSKA during the lockout.

And where the hell you get your “word” about Pavel hating anyone? Sorry but Pavel just doesn’t seem like the guy that hates people…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/17/14 at 10:14 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Datsyuk and Semin didn’t play together during either lockout.

Datsyuk played well with Radulov at CSKA during his time there, but Semin was playing for Torpedo at the time.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/14 at 10:31 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Argh your right. My mistake. I retract my statement about them playing together. They played on the same line during the world cup and it worked.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/17/14 at 11:47 AM ET

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