What’s wrong with Ovie, redux: Pierre LeBrun 1

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, a thoughtful & informative article on Alex Ovechkin’s ongoing struggles to regain his 50+ goal-a-season form from a few years back. (Don’t let the piece’s asyntactic title fool you – all the other words are in the right order.)

“Sure, I don’t score like before – but I clean up good, no?”


LeBrun cites some interesting stats comparing #8’s heyday with the meagre present – Ovie’s vastly reduced shot totals and the Caps’ sucky power play conversion rate among them.

Whatever the cause, Washington GM George McPhee can’t be thrilled about shelling out close to $10 million a season for a sub-40 goal man. McPhee can only hope that Ovie’s impending marriage will get the Caps’ captain, er, scoring again.

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  • Superscout

    I don’t think it should be about the 50 for OV. He needs a fresh start: a new team with structure and tradition and seriousness. He’s become a Side Show Bob, racing around the rink like a lunatic. I’d love to see him go to the Red Wings. He’d get rehab-ed and they’d get the kind of star they need post-Lidstrom. And just imagine him with Datsyuk. Drooool…