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Ovechkin ‘upset’ at Grabovski departure, happy with defensive signings

When Mikhail Grabovski signed with the New York Islanders, you had to wonder how Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took the news. Turns out it wasn’t a happy moment for him. In an interview with ITAR-TASS in Russia (translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks), Ovechkin gives his thoughts on Grabovski’s departure as well as the Capitals signing Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals sign Orpik: Defenseman bonded with Ovechkin at Olympics while trying to urinate

With the addition of Brooks Orpik via free agency Tuesday, the Capitals welcomed a former foe into the fold; the 33-year-old defenseman spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Washington had a hot rivalry at the peak of the Sidney Crosby / Alex Ovechkin hype-machine. As such, Orpik now faces the prospect of helping rather than hitting Ovechkin; while he admits...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals sign Brooks Orpik, Justin Peters

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a $27.5 million, five-year contract, and goaltender Justin Peters to a $1.9 million, two-year contract on Tuesday. “We are very excited to welcome Brooks to Washington,” said MacLellan. “We feel Brooks’ leadership and experience will greatly enhance our defense for years to come. Brooks plays tough minutes against...
Via Sports-Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Trotz wants ‘less glide’ in Ovechkin’s game

Barry Trotz can appreciate some of what Alex Ovechkin has to endure as the face of the Washington Capitals. “I think he’s like a coach sometimes,” the Caps’ new bench boss said Saturday. “When they win, he gets a little bit too much credit, and when they lose, he gets too much blame. … My job is to deflect some of that and have his back when it’s not his fault.”...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Alex Ovechkin Stop Gliding?

from Jason Brough of ProHockeyTalk, ...  Trotz believes Ovechkin has to “grow his game if we’re going to win a championship.” And while that goes for everyone on the team — he was by no means trying to single out his captain — he did share one specific critique with reporters. “Alex has got a bit too much glide in his game,” said Trotz. “When you’re standing...
Via Kukla's Korner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

How the NHL’s leading goal scorer received just one vote in the Hart Trophy voting

It was a formality that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was walking away with his third Hart Trophy. The 128 first-place votes Crosby received tells the whole tale of how great he was this season. But what baffled some is that the NHL’s leading goal scorer Alex Ovechkin and last year’s MVP received one vote [...]
Via KCM Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin Has A Bad Adjusted +/-

A couple days ago I posted the worst 20 players in the 2013/14 season by adjusted +/-.  One of the most talented players in the NHL was second worst.  Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals posted a -30.8 adjusted +/-.  Only Alex Edler of Vancouver was worse.  What does it mean when one of the best players in the NHL (the reigning MVP) is among the worst players in these...
Via Kukla's Korner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Caps to host Blackhawks at next Winter Classic

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will host Chicago in this year’s Winter Classic. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) On the heels of this year’s highly-successful Stadium Series that put NHL teams in a number of venues across the country, the American capital will host an outdoor hockey game next season, and they will face a significant Western Conference opponent on the other...
Via Around The Rink
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin does white boy dance onstage during Moscow concert (video)

It should not be surprising in the least, but when Alexander Ovechkin took the stage to boogie down during a concert by Irakli Pirtskhalava at a Moscow nightclub over the weekend, the Washington Capitals superstar demonstrated that while he can make superhuman moves on skates, his dancing ability leaves a lot to be desired. Ovechkin […] The post Alex Ovechkin does white boy dance...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin suffers injury at World Hockey Championship

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin suffered an apparent right leg injury during Russia’s game against Germany at the world hockey championship Sunday. Ovechkin was hip-checked near the Russian blue line by Germany’s Marcus Kink, with Ovi’s right knee making contact with him. Ovechkin was in obvious pain as he stayed on the ice for a couple minutes following the hit....
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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