Sunday, April 01, 2007

Time for some lithium

Alex Ovechkin didn't take his club's latest loss all that well yesterday:
Afterward the players met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Although no one would divulge exactly what was said, when the meeting ended, all-star left wing Alex Ovechkin emerged from the locker room and smashed his stick repeatedly against the wall and a trash can until it broke into four pieces, according to those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin's iPod and headphones also were destroyed, crumpled in the hallway.
This has got to be troubling if you're a Capitals fan. I mean, you have to like the kid's fire and passion, but what good is it if this is your reaction when you're singled out for criticism by your teammates?

Even if he wasn't the direct target for criticism, Ovechkin's defensive game continues to leave a lot to be desired: When he's on the ice at even strength, the team's goals-against average is 4.0 — markedly higher than the 2.6 GAA when he's on the bench.

Thanks to the A-Team over at AOL's NHL Fanhouse for digging up this one.

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At 3:37 p.m., April 01, 2007, Anonymous Gustafsson said...

According to Kolzig, Ovechkin wasn't singled out.

Kolzig said, “I’m sure he’s probably frustrated with what happened and in the meeting. And that’s really all I’m going to say. It wasn’t targeted at Ovie. He’s obviously our guy. But it was something he didn’t want to hear.”

My guess it was Semin. And the two have become close.

Some may say it is troubling, but we think differently.

At 3:58 p.m., April 01, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

If anything, this may be a none-too-subtle message from Ovechkin to management that he wants the Caps to spend more to improve this team for next season.

Ovechkin is the Caps franchise, but Leonsis and McPhee have to keep him happy. Remember,next season he'll be in the final year of his current contract and they'll have to prove to Alex that it's worthwhile to remain with the club, that it isn't spinning its wheels and truly wants to ice a winner.

At 6:27 p.m., April 01, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

I'd be concerned if I were a Caps fan. The team has a couple of bright spots in Semin and AO. They're already out of the playoffs, so what's the point of the meeting other than to apportion blame? Citing lack of defensive effort from a rookie and a sophomore as the reason's for the team's failings? If the Caps had some veteran leadership to help shoulder these things, I doubt this kind of thing comes up. If the Caps don't like AO's style of play, I'd gladly trade any guy on my team for him---were it only up to me. :)

At 7:56 p.m., April 01, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

The A-Team? Which one of you six is Mr. T? Luongo does a lot of pitying and his first name is Tom so I would guess him.

p.s. congrats to you guys on the gig.

At 9:29 a.m., April 02, 2007, Anonymous Tom L said...


No chains or here, but the beard and the bald is appropriate. I'm a terrible actor, so I'd prefer the George Peppard role (sry, didn't watch the A-Team).


At 10:40 a.m., April 02, 2007, Blogger Hockey Amor said...

This is a tempest in a teapot. I'm thrilled to see that Ovie is sick and tired of losing.

At 11:22 a.m., April 02, 2007, Blogger Jason said...

Alexander Ovechkin has always dreamed of being a Maple Leaf.

At 10:59 p.m., April 02, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

A Russian that doesn't back check? No way.


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